Leicester City are better equipped for promotion this season, says striker David Nugent
Leicester City's squad this season is stronger and better equipped for a promotion push, believes striker David Nugent.
City's top scorer, who has netted five in the last five games as City have embarked on a winning streak, believes Pearson's summer signings have now bedded in and the squad has gelled superbly into a close group.
"I think we are a stronger squad this season, we are more of a unit," he said. "We are a close-knit bunch and we work for each other.
"It is a team game and we cover for each other every time someone is out of position. That is the main change.
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"If we are all working together on the pitch, we will do well this season."
Last Saturday's 2-0 home victory over Bristol City at the King Power Stadium saw City sit briefly on top of the Championship table.
Nugent said that, although it was a brief stay at the summit, as Cardiff's win at Ipswich saw them regain top spot, it was reward for City's hard work in recent weeks.
However, City will now be a big scalp for Championship sides who are likely to raise their game against the promotion favourites, but Nugent backed City to be able to cope.
"I had not been at the top of the Championship since my Preston days and it is a nice feeling," he said. "It has been a long time and we deserve it because of the way we have been playing recently.
"Being top of the league makes you the team to beat but we have shown in the last five games that we are not going to let it go lightly.
"We have Birmingham when we come back from the international break, which will be a tough game but they are beatable."
As Bristol City showed, opponents have been paying City the ultimate compliment of changing their systems to stifle City's numerous attacking threats, but Nugent said they are still confident of creating chances.
"Most teams coming here do that but me and Jamie Vardy have to press from the front and put them under pressure," he said.
"We have shown in the first 20 minutes on Saturday that we were all over them and created plenty of chances. We didn't take them but we did get the lead.
"We took our foot off the pedal, as we usually do, but it was a good solid performance."