For all of his goals and quality showed over recent years, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers says Jamie Vardy isn’t given the respect he deserves.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes Jamie Vardy is still not given the credit he deserves.
The striker was last season’s golden boot winner and already has six games from seven league appearances this term.
Vardy will be remembered for firing Leicester to an incredible Premier League triumph in 2016. In total, he has scored 109 top-flight goals and became an England international after joining from Fleetwood in 2012.
Despite all of his achievements, Rodgers feels Vardy would be respected more if his career had progressed in a different way.
He said as quoted by the Independent: “He has been a breath of fresh air, a genuine world-class striker. If he didn’t have the path he’s had as a player (from non-league) you would be talking about him much more.
“People say he’s the guy who has come through from non-league and played his way into the Premier League but this is a top-level striker. He still has the hunger.
“From the outside looking in you see his development, you see his finishing, but when you come in to work with him you find out more about the personality.”
Asides from his mentality and fight for goals, Rodgers also heaped praise on the tactical prowess shown by Vardy.
“He is a bundle of joy in the changing room and loves football. The biggest surprise is tactically how good he is.”
“His runs are virtually perfect, how he stays onside, the different types of runs. He is a really special player and I was so lucky to have him here when I got him.”
Leicester go to Elland Road after Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League victory at AEK Athens extending their winning run to three games. Vardy will no doubt fancy his chances of adding to his tally of six league goals so far.