Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has claimed he is willing to drop both Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in an attempt to climb the table.
The Foxes, 11.00 to be relegated, were in sublime form last season as they made history by winning the Premier League title.
Vardy and Mahrez were key to their success and were linked with moves away in the summer, but they may regret their decision to stay following Leicester’s poor start to the season.
Ranieri’s men have picked up just 13 points from as many matches so far and questions are being asked of both Vardy and Mahrez.
Vardy has not scored in his club’s last 15 games, while Mahrez has just one assist and three goals this season.
With Sunderland up next, Ranieri admits both could be dropped if it means his side starts picking up points. “Yes why not? I always try and put the best team on the pitch,” he said.
“When I think about how we are and how the opponent is I always think about the 90 minutes, not just the line-up.
“Wait until Saturday and you will see. I don’t see a difference with Jamie this season and Jamie last season – only the goals.
I think he’s very close to scoring because it’s not possible go to the end of season without scoring.
“I speak to Riyad and with everybody, with Riyad a little more – always with an arm round the shoulder, I kiss him! Maybe he needs more tough love.”