In Leicester City’s 4-1 drumming over Aston Villa, Jamie Vardy terrorized defenders once again to record both his 15th and 16th goals. He stands alone at the top in the Golden Boot race with Leicester flying high in 2nd place.
With this dominant win in the books, Leicester City’s amazing season rolls on to the delight of fans of both Leicester and the Premier League. With every Leicester win comes a Vardy goal, and he has been a man lit ablaze by Brendan Rodgers so far this season.
Fans saw last year when Rodgers was appointed that he revitalized Vardy, who scored 10 goals in his last 10 games to close up the season. This year, he’s gone above and beyond, and this match proved it tenfold.
Aston Villa had no answers for Vardy, flat out. In his first goal, he left injured Tyrone Mings for dead, who didn’t want to challenge him to a sprint, probably knowing he’ll lose. Ezri Konsa failed to mark Vardy and fell over Tom Heaton in a clumsy affair. He even scuffed his first attempt but because of Konsa’s mishap, he was able to score. It even looked like a skill move during the replay.
With Heaton out of the picture, Vardy sharply scored on his “second” attempt. He also cupped his hands to his ears to the roars of angry Villa fans, who were shouting about his wife.
Leicester City revitalization
Can we also talk about Kelechi Iheanacho’s superb through ball for the assist? Fellow Foxes of Leicester writer Dominic Wells’s article on Iheanacho revival is spot on, and Iheanacho is finally looking like the player Leicester splashed the cash for back in 2017.
Vardy’s second goal is as classic as they come. On the counter-attack, Dennis Praet unleashed a lovely lofted through ball for the Englishman, and he always finishes those one-on-one chances. He easily displaced Heaton for his 16th goal of the season, while leaving more defenders in the dust. Pace has always been a strong suit for Vardy, and Brendan Rodgers has allowed him to flourish with it.
Praet was superb in that play, and his assist deserves recognition as well. He’s been a great addition so far for Leicester this season and has been a perfect partner for Youri Tielemans. The Belgian duo’s time together in Anderlecht has clearly shown.
The ‘Vardy party’ is back on yet again. Right now, he’s scored more goals this season than Messi (12) and Ronaldo (7). He’s also the second player in Premier League history to score in 8 consecutive matches in 2 separate occasions. Who was the other? The man whose record was taken by Vardy in 2015. Rudd Van Nistelrooy.
Who knows? Maybe Vardy can break the record he shattered a few years ago. For now, let’s enjoy the show. Post in the comments your takeaways from the match.