Absolutely third: Only Liverpool and City are better than Leicester since Rodgers arrived

 Absolutely third: Only Liverpool and City are better than Leicester since Rodgers arrived

While Leicester City hasn't been playing its best football since Brendan Rodgers extended his contract after the brilliant start to the season, the Foxes are still in the leading pack of the Premier League. Since Rodgers took over LCFC exactly a year ago, only Liverpool and Manchester City have won more points than the former Premier League winners.

Foxes won 70 points since the Northern Irish football coach took over at the King Power stadium. The Reds have 110 points in that period and Man City 20 fewer.

Possibly more surprising is the fact that in the same period, Jamie Vardy has scored more goals than any other player in the Premier League. Former lower-league player netted 27 times since Rodgers arrived.

Vardy began the 2019/2020 Premier League season in amazing form, leading the goalscoring charts with 17 goals in 18 matches, but has now gone seven games without a goal. Allowing Pierre Emmerick-Aubameyang to equal his tally.

While Rodgers backed the English striker to regain his form but stated that goalscoring is a team responsibility. So far, Vardy scored 31.5% of his team's goals while Auba is responsible for 43.6% of Arsenal's, for comparison.

"I have no doubt he'll get the goals and it's a matter of time. Sometimes you get a run like it ... you don't force it, you don't put the pressure on. If you're needing 65 goals to get where you want to be, it's no good having a striker with 40 when the others can't contribute - it's a team responsibility," said Rodgers.

The manager did state Vardy offers far more than sheer goalscoring.

"Look at Roberto Firmino at Liverpool - he's scored 10 (eight in Premier League), but look at his influence and what he gives and allows to the other players ... with Jamie, when he's not scoring, he's creating space for others."

Vardy is valued at 1.66 (4/6) odds to score against Norwich on Friday.


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