Leicester are a team reborn under Claudio Ranieri’s replacement Shakespeare, who became the first British manager to win his first four Premier League games at the weekend. He has extended that record to five.

While beating Sunderland is not as eye-catching as his opening victory over Liverpool, or the win over Sevilla in the Champions League, it took them into the top half of the table and nine points above the relegation zone.

The hosts were below par in the first half – think Ranieri’s side of earlier this season rather than the Italian’s title winners of last year. But after the break, more specifically after Shakespeare’s changes, they took control.

Albrighton, returning from an illness, had a hand in both goals – his cross setting up Slimani’s first Leicester goal of 2017.

Vardy’s goal was his fifth in five Premier League games under Shakespeare. He took 22 matches to score that many under Ranieri this campaign.

In the end it was a comfortable win for the Foxes, who could have won by more after dominating the final 30 minutes of the match.

They became only the second team in Premier League history to lose five consecutive games and then win their next five, following on from Tottenham in October-December 2004.

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