Leicester City are breathing again. Leicester fans are breathing again. After all, the Foxes are back and how. Here are the talking points from their 4-0 thumping of Aston Villa.
When Jamie Vardy plays well, Leicester play well
How often do we say that Leicester need a fully operational, ebullient and lively Jamie Vardy to be able to play the kind of football that Brendan Rodgers wants them to? Vardy is the epitome of everything that this side is, and when he is not at his best, other players do tend to drift towards mediocrity, too.
Obviously, it is not a good habit to have but, well, as long as it is working, what’s the problem? It is like Lionel Messi and Barcelona. Like Cristiano and Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League. Rodgers must be feeling liberated at this point of time. Some of the 33-year old’s movement against the Villans, the brace, his running – everything was world-class and redolent of the Vardy we know.
Now sitting atop the Premier League scoring charts with 19 goals – two more than Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Vardy, one can safely say, is beyond his rough patch. The gaffer affirmed it, too.
“Vardy looked bright in his running and his movement was very good,” said Rodgers.
“He’s struggled since December with injuries, but he looked all over it.”