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Record signing Slimani already in Foxes mould, says Simpson

Leicester City 3 Burnley 0

By Paul Burrows

Leicester defender Danny Simpson insists record buy Islam Slimani is prepared to get his hands dirty despite his huge price tag.

The £29m forward scored twice on his Premier League debut as the Foxes beat Burnley 3-0 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. It was just his second appearance after joining from Sporting Lisbon on deadline day and Simpson has been impressed by his work ethic.

"He has done well, Riyad (Mahrez) is here and knows him from Algeria but he is integrating really well," Simpson said. "He works his socks off and that's what we're about. That's why it's been easy for him.

"It's great for Islam to get his goals for the club and for the fans to show what he can do for us. Everything was perfect."

Simpson, who returned after missing Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League win at Club Brugge with a hamstring injury, also praised the team's recovery after their trip to Belgium.

"It shows how far we have come," he said. "Credit to the players and staff after all the travelling, recovery and the right type of training. It's about managing us right. We are in good form, it's a learning curve for everyone but it has worked out really well this week."

Burnley could have scored when Steven Defour headed at Ron-Robert Zieler with the score still goalless, but Leicester never looked back after Slimani's opening goal in first-half stoppage time and boss Sean Dyche admitted the Algerian striker was the difference.

"His goalscoring record is good and that is the reality of the two teams - £30m on one player," Dyche said, after Ben Mee scored an own goal to wrap up the game for Leicester.

"I don't know how much Leicester have spent this year, and rightly so. They are the champions and want to build and go again but we're not in that spending league."

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