Jamie Vardy has not scored since December, but will he finally break the goal drought against Man City?
Jamie Vardy has not scored since December and has only managed to make FIVE shots in six games (but he is still the Premier League scorer!) … so, will Leicester’s front man finally break through his target drills against Manchester City?
- Leicester organizes Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday evening
- Striker Jamie Vardy wants to end a series of eight games without a goal
- The intended two-month drought is the longest of the 33-year-old in the last three years
- His last goal came against Man City and he has a brilliant record against them
A lack of goals is not something you would normally associate with the Premier League top scorer, but that is precisely the problem that Jamie Vardy faces today.
The striker of Leicester is currently experiencing his worst drought for the goal in three years, the 0-0 draw at Wolves last weekend when he extended his current run to eight non-goal games in all competitions.
The 33-year-old just found it exactly two months ago. The last time he fired for such a long time came the bleak end of Claudio Ranieri’s tenure in February 2017.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is currently experiencing his worst target drought in three years
PREMIER LEAGUE TOP SCORERS 2019-20
Jamie Vardy – 17
Sergio Aguero – 16
Danny Ings – 15
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang –15
Mo Salah – 14
Marcus Rashford – 14
Due to a stunning first half of the season, he remains somewhat unbelievably the leader in the race for the Golden Boot.
Vardy played as well as he ever did when he scored 17 goals in the 18 Premier League games that Leicester opened, having one of the best conversion rates in Europe.
His exploitation before Christmas means that he is still ahead of a goal at Manchester City, Sergio Aguero.
And he will encourage where his last strikes came from, the Englishman who just found it with a great finish at Etihad Stadium.
The Englishman failed to find the net in his last eight appearances in all competitions
VARDY IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE SINCE 21 DEC
Opportunities created: 4
Touches in opposition area: 11
That’s because Vardy and his teammates are taking on the reigning champion again, this time at the King Power on Saturday, giving him the chance to continue where he left off on December 21.
The former English international got rest – and time with his family after the birth of his daughter – after that match against City.
He then missed the next game against Newcastle with a calf problem and has never looked good since then, the 16-day break seemed to kill his momentum.
And the Foxes suffered, fell far out of the title race and won only one win of their last five since Vardy’s return with the striker who managed only four shots.
The Foxes attackers found the net for the last time with a great finish against Manchester City on Etihad
REAR GAME OF JAMIE VARDY
Liverpool 4-0 Leicester (PL)
Leicester 1-1 Aston Villa (EFL)
Leicester 1-2 Southampton (PL)
Burnley 2-1 Leicester (PL)
Leicester 4-1 West Ham (PL)
Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester (EFL)
Leicester 2-2 Chelsea (PL)
Wolves 0-0 Leicester (PL)
If the men from Brendan Rodgers on Saturday have to close the hole in second place City to a certain point, then you feel they need their star man to do what he is good at and do what he did last time against them.
And few bet that he would do exactly that, no player in world football has scored more goals than the six Vardy who have succeeded against City since Pep Guardiola took the lead.
“He has been refreshed and is ready to impress in the last part of the season,” Rodgers said last week.
“These things happen.
“Part of that was that he was injured and worked his way back inside.
Vardy, pictured in training on Thursday, hopes to find the net again against City
‘I have no doubt that he is the player who will always be the threat and he will always get those opportunities.
‘It is the responsibility of the team to create opportunities for him because he is that sort of striker. He needs the last pass, or the cross. Unfortunately, he was unable to score in a few matches.
“But he is such a threat, and I am sure he will be back.”
That time could come on Saturday at 5.30 p.m.