‘You feel the fear … there aren’t too many players in the world to give you that’: Brendan Rodgers supports ‘frightening’ Jamie Vardy to shoot Leicester into the Champions League after scoring his 100th Premier League goal against Crystal Palace had scored
- Brendan Rodgers says Jamie Vardy Leicester can shoot into the Champions League
- The striker scored his 100th and 101st goals in their win over Crystal Palace
- His manager said his speed and deadly finish can scare opponents
- The Foxes will aim to achieve back-to-back victories by beating Arsenal on Tuesday
Brendan Rodgers has supported ‘little crook’ Jamie Vardy to send Leicester into the Champions League for his rare ability to scare opponents.
Vardy became the first Leicester player to pass a century of Premier League goals when he scored in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace and will be the Foxes’ spearhead for Tuesday’s back-to-back wins against Arsenal, with Vardy on target nine times in nine games against the Gunners.
The 33-year-old gained worldwide fame and became a Leicester icon after helping them win the 2016 title – but Rodgers revealed that Vardy still has the same fiery edge that was evident during his time in non-league football.
Brendan Rodgers thinks ‘little bitch’ Jamie Vardy Leicester will miss the Champions League
Vardy became the first Leicester player to reach a century of Premier League goals on Saturday
“It’s a unique story and he’s such an exciting player,” said Leicester boss Rodgers, whose side is three points away from fifth-placed Manchester United in the race for a top-four finish.
“His movement and the pace that makes it clear scares people’s lives.
“If we’ve played away from home in the past, when the midfield makes the pass and he’s gone, you feel the fear of the home crowd, because of his speed and how deadly he is.
Rodgers said Vardy has the same fiery edge that was evident during his time in the non-league
“Not many players in the world give you that. It is an incredible talent and he is a brilliant player. ‘
Vardy made his league debut at the age of 25, after joining Leicester from Fleetwood for £ 1 million in 2012.
He then struck for the first time in the Premier League in September 2014, in a 5-3 win over Manchester United at King Power Stadium. It was a long way from Vardy’s early football career when he played for Stocksbridge Park Steels and Halifax Town.
Rodgers said, “He didn’t have the perfect life. There were sometimes difficulties in his teams. Everyone knows he is a little rascal, but he had that persistence and resilience to keep going.
The 33-year-old has nine goals in nine top flying games against Tuesday’s Arsenal opponent
“Getting into professional football was not easy for him and he had difficult moments, but now many young players across the country will draw inspiration from him.
“It is very easy to manage. He has an incredible mind that I love and you would never want to kill that. He comes every day with great enthusiasm, a big smile and he loves football.
“He is very established as a father and has a great life outside of football. I probably have him if he tames himself a little.
“He was probably a bit of a handful at the non-league level in his early twenties, but I can only speak from my experience and he is a great boy with a great passion and love for the club.”