Jamie Vardy’s goalkeepers can’t solve Leicester’s problems in defence… injuries to Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans and James Justin are big problems for Brendan Rodgers
- Jamie Vardy is on top form but he can’t solve Leicester’s problems
- The Foxes have only cleared once in their last 12 Premier League games
- Brendan Rodgers suffers the losses of Wesley Fofana, James Justin and Jonny Evans
- The Foxes were held at home against Burnley at King Power Stadium on Saturday
Jamie Vardy has accomplished just about everything during his remarkable career at Leicester, but not even the greatest player in the club’s history can solve their problems at the back.
When a striker is in this form, the team can usually make money. But Leicester are in such a muddle in defense that both Legia Warsaw in the Europa League on Thursday and Crystal Palace on Sunday will seize their opportunities – no matter how well Vardy plays.
The Foxes have only cleared out once in their last 12 league games, conceding nine shots to Sean Dyche’s team.
Even Jamie Vardy’s continued goal-scoring heroes can’t solve Leicester’s defensive problems
The absence of France Under 21 defender Wesley Fofana has hit Brendan Rodgers’ squad hard.
As Leicester centre-backs Caglar Soyuncu and Jannik Vestergaard were run off by Burnley forward Matej Vydra, Fofana watched from the West Stand, patiently signing autographs and posing for selfies with supporters.
The Frenchman broke a fibula and damaged ankle ligaments during a friendly match against Villarreal and is still many weeks away from a return.
Jonny Evans’ ongoing foot problems only left him fit for a spot on the bench, while James Justin is still fighting his way back after damaging his knee ligaments in February.
Rodgers admitted that not having Fofana or Evans makes a big difference. “Looking back, we’ve been very strong structurally in our defense and we didn’t concede too many shots,” he said.
His own goal against Burnley meant that Leicester managed to keep one clean sheet in their last 12 league games
“That will improve as the season progresses. To attack well you need to defend well and we are probably not as stable as we would like to be.
“I’m not particularly happy with our defense and we don’t have a lot of time to work on it because we play, recover and then play again. The challenge is to regain that stability that will give us even more confidence in the attack.”
Vardy’s own goal gave Burnley a lead in the first half and, after equalizing in the 37th minute, Maxwel Cornet hit a brilliant volley on his full League debut to restore the visitors’ advantage before half-time.
Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu (right) was smashed to pieces by Burnley forward Matej Vydra (left)
The impressive Cornet left at halftime with a suspected hamstring injury and both sides created chances in the second half before Vardy hit his second with five minutes to go.
Even then, Leicester were nervous and it was thanks to VAR that he ruled out Chris Wood’s header for a narrow offside in the last minute of stoppage time.
Burnley has two points and is only Saturday’s opponent Norwich in the ranking. “It’s going to be huge,” said midfielder Josh Brownhill.