Claudio Ranieri has admitted Leicester are fighting for their Premier League survival after scraping a point against Middlesbrough.
A late Islam Slimani equaliser helped the Foxes avoid defeat at home, but they are still just two points above the drop zone.
Defender Danny Simpson thinks they are in such a perilous position that Ranieri may even cancel their Christmas party – as something needs to be done to arrest their slump.
“I don’t think we will be allowed a Christmas party at this rate,” he said, via the Mirror.
It’s not the players’ commitment that is being questioned, however, as it seems teams have simply found the champions out. Leicester’s uncomplicated football was one of their secrets of success last season, but this time around, it’s making them easy to thwart.
“A lot of people want to beat the champions, maybe they are giving it a bit more,” he added.
“But when you score in the last seconds like that it could be a big turning point.
“The fighting spirit was there and it was a bit of relief to get the goal at the end.”
Jamie Vardy has now gone 15 games without a goal – barring one in an international friendly against Spain for England – but Simpson believes his team-mate will go on to prove he wasn’t a one-season wonder.
“Teams are playing a bit deeper, they are not letting us put the ball in behind for Jamie to chase because they know he is going to beat anyone in a race,” Simpson went on.
“But with his pace and work rate he will score one and then go and score loads more.”