Leicester ace Jamie Vardy is one of the most formidable strikers around and he’ll hope to break his own stunning Premier League goal record
He currently leads the Premier League scoring charts with 14 goals to his name to fire Leicester into title contention under the superb Brendan Rodgers.
Vardy’s story is a real sporting fairytale – Roy of the Rovers stuff – working his way up from the lower echelons of the football pyramid to the top flight.
His goal record at this level is quite something; with 94 goals in 191 games, he’s just shy of having an average of a goal every other game.
The former Fleetwood man has scored in his past seven consecutive league games after finding the net in a 2-0 win against Watford on Wednesday night.
The last time he was on such a goalscoring spree was when the Foxes produced one of the biggest shocks in sporting history to win the title in the 2015/16 season.
From August to November that season Vardy was quite simply unstoppable, as he broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of goals in consecutive league games when he scored in 11 matches in a row.
Quite fittingly, he broke the record with a goal against Manchester United – the club Van Nistelrooy played for himself.
Vardy’s pace and clever runs in behind were key to that sensational title triumph, as the striker embraced the counter-attacking football played under Claudio Ranieri.
He kicked things off with goals against Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Stoke and Arsenal, before maintaining that form against Norwich, Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Brom in October.
At this stage Leicester were still not deemed serious title contenders, but Vardy’s goals ensured the Foxes continued to be the biggest talking point in a crazy Premier League campaign.
Vardy then scored a penalty in a 2-1 win at home to Watford to take him on the brink of Van Nistelrooy’s record, before he drew level with the Dutchman with a goal at Newcastle which helped Leicester to their fourth successive league victory.
Vardy then set a new record of goals in 11 matches in a row when he fired the ball past David de Gea in a 1-1 draw with the Red Devils.
While there were many Leicester stars who set them on their way towards an improbable title success, Vardy was absolutely pivotal to that dream being realised.
He ended the campaign with 24 league goals, a Premier League winners’ medal and a place in the PFA Team of the Year. He was also named Premier League Player of the Season and Football Writers’ Player of the Year.
CAN VARDY EMULATE HIS OWN RECORD?
Bournemouth (A) – 1 goal
Aston Villa (H) – 1 goal
Stoke (A) – 1 goal
Arsenal (H) – 2 goals
Norwich (A) – 1 goal
Southampton (A) – 2 goals
Crystal Palace (H) – 1 goal
West Brom (A) – 1 goal
Watford (H) – 1 goal
Newcastle (A) – 1 goal
Manchester United (H) – 1 goal
Burnley (H) – 1 goal
Southampton (A) – 3 goals
Crystal Palace (A) – 1 goal
Arsenal (H) – 1 goal
Brighton (A) – 1 goal
Everton (H) – 1 goal
Watford (H) – 1 goal
NEXT FIVE GAMES
Aston Villa (A) – ?
Norwich (H) – ?
Manchester City (A) – ?
Liverpool (H) – ?
West Ham (A) – ?
Vardy is rolling back the years once more with Rodgers’ impact on his career undeniable – the striker has scored 23 goals in 25 games under the former Celtic and Liverpool boss in the Premier League.
His run this season started in the 2-1 win over Burnley on October 19, with things really taking off when he scored a stunning hat-trick in the 9-0 demolition of struggling Southampton.
Vardy also found the back of the net against Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Brighton and Everton – all games which the Foxes recorded victories in.
The Hornets were also unable to keep him off the scoresheet in midweek, with saw Rodgers’ men cement their three-point lead over third placed Manchester City.
Leicester’s next outing at Aston Villa on Sunday presents a good opportunity for Vardy to score for the eighth game in a row and he will back himself to make it nine at home to Norwich a week later.
However, Leicester then face tough encounters against Manchester City and Liverpool either side of Christmas.