Brendan Rodgers' explanation for Jamie Vardy's nine-game Leicester goal drought


Jamie Vardy is not suffering from the ‘nervous nineties’ , according to Brendan Rodgers despite the striker’s barren run.

Vardy remains on 97 Premier League goals after failing to score in his last nine games for third-placed Leicester, who have won just once in his dry spell.

It is Vardy’s worst run in front of goal for three years but boss Rodgers insists the prospect of completing a century is not weighing on the star’s mind like some batsman in cricket.

Vardy, 33, has Premier League bottom club Norwich in his sights ahead of Friday’s game at Carrow Road.

And Rodgers is confident the forward will hit the back of the net again soon after seeing signs in last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City that Vardy was fully fit after a glute injury last month.

“He doesn’t look like the nervous type to me,” responded Rodgers, when quizzed about Vardy’s potential ton.

Vardy was all smiles in training this week

“I have no doubt he will get the goals and go beyond that.

“Sometimes you get a wee run like this though.

“I think when he came back from his injury he was maybe not quite up to speed.

“But I think you saw against Manchester City the return of that running power and speed.

Rodgers hopes Vardy can notch against the Canaries

“In those types of games you get very few chances anyway.

“But you don’t force it, you don’t put the pressure on, he knows that is his job.

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“As long as he is contributing because it is not just the goals , it is the bigger picture.

“Sometimes when he is not scoring he is creating space for other players.”

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Rodgers also confirmed fellow striker Kelechi Iheanacho is available for Norwich after Leicester followed concussion protocols when he was subbed against City after taking a blow to the head.

Rodgers said the club have also opened contract talks with title-winning veterans Christian Fuchs,33, and Wes Morgan, 36, who are out of contract this summer.

He added: “Both those players have been immense for me and it is not just their qualities on the pitch.

“The negotiation with both of them is on-going.”





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