All the colours of Jamie Vardy, Leicester away kits on his fantastic journey!

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Today we did see Jamie Vardy wearing new colours of the season, going into the game v. QPR as captain of the side and wearing mint colours. In his first season with Leicester City, nine years ago, seems so much longer as the highlights has come thick and fast during his days at this football club.

He was signed from Fleetwood Town for £1million, a major fee and to date the record paid for a non-league player, and since that day and his league debut, against Peterborough United, a game where he partnered Jermaine Beckford up front. Leicester won the clash 2-0 and to be present on the day was of course special.

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We have followed the journey of Jamie Vardy with special eyes as his run of football life is different and keeping the fairy stories to still live on. That first season became a bit difficult for the player as he was out of the first team for a while, receiving grim reviews and being bullied by his own fans on social media, but convinced by Nigel Pearson and Craig Shakespeare to continue, at one time considering retirement, before returning close to the end of the season, adding up 26 games and scoring 4 goals, getting his first goal in the league against Blackburn away. He was seen in a play-off’s as a sub together with Harry Kane and Danny Drinkwater, all later playing for England.

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The next season he had a better run and as we all remember being influential as Leicester did win the Championship title playing 37 of those league games and scoring 16 goals. Leicester appeared in three different shirts that season, and appearing of course in the blue and white, but also in a grey strip with a bit of yellow. After that impressive win we all remember the start of the new campaign and the big breakthrough for Jamie as he scored two goals in that fantastic 5-3 win v. Man Utd, that was just a monumental performance and one we never forget.

During that first season back in the Premier League we did see Leicester appear in red for the first time in many many years as the eighties was the last time a team had such colour, and of course remembering the Admiral strip from the 70’s all red, as Dennis Rofe and Steve Whitworth appeared in different colour shots, not used much and a kit seen as unlucky as Leicester failed to win. They also used red in the late 60’s as a change colour.

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Jamie also made his full England debut in that first season back in the top flight and during those late days of the season really setting his mark on the Premier League and got his goalscoring going as Leicester secured a new season in the top flight.

Though his form was rising he didn’t manage more than 5 goals in 34 games, but anyway it all came down to be called “great escape” and so it was. The kit away kits were changed for that next and very memorable season, being seen in black mostly if not wearing the blue as was the most used seeing the man of the moment flying and scoring 24 goals in 36 league games and suddenly being the hottest property in English football with all the vultures flying in the sky to try to grab our jewel out of the hands of the club.

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But as we all know Jamie stayed loyal to Leicester, signed a long term deal, one he later med a new extension to and stayed loyal and has been a pivotal player during a number of seasons just hammering goals season in and season out.

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That black kit was used on several occasions in that great season as for the next one it was back in red again and that white outfit which never will go in history as great, nor the red outfit, but anyway still part of the journey, and later as we all know the kits have come in colours we have not seen a Leicester shirt in before or after.

A bit of dip in form in the league and the departure of Claudio Ranieri did become a reality during a season with a number of highlights in the Champions League seeing Leicester as the best English team in the tournament ending in the quarters v. Atletico Madrid after some of the greatest performances being on show at King Power, playing the Spanish giants of the turf and really showing greatness, but sadly it never appeared to be seen as a highlight as things never worked in the favour of going through and the CL adventure stopped in the those quarter finals.

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Going into the next one the 2017/18 season where Jamie Vardy again turned up in new and different colours as Leicester appeared in a all black kit with a bit of golden in and around. The season was one seeing Craig Shakespeare leave and Claude Puel entering the premises and not really a good one but for Jamie that didn’t matter much as he scored 20 new goals in the PL, and kept his momentum and going to the World Cup later that 2018 summer.

The next season also became a bit of struggle with Claude Puel seeing the end of his time and Brendan Rodgers taking over and really putting things back in place and as that season came to an end Leicester had finished well in certainty of a new year in the PL.

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Leicester and Adidas started their partnership that summer of 2018 and that grey strip with dark yellow or close to orange became a favorite by many, remembering Matt Elliott saying he liked it, but a bit different, it didn’t last and was not part of the collection when the next season came a long.

Leicester and Jamie Vardy turned up in black again in the 2019/20 season and he continued scoring through the campaign and ending up as the Golden Boot winner, scoring 23 goals along the line.

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Two seasons ago we did see a new turn in kits and away choices as Leicester turned up in a pink one, another not seen as a survivor and possibly and hopefully not returning as it was not the finest of outfits. Leicester did use it on several occasions and Jamie Vardy did score in it as well.

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Leicester never had any luck in that outfit and used it seldom but at Chelsea we did see Leicester in pink, managing a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, remembering that great goal scored from a screaming header by Wilfred Ndidi.

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Last season Leicester turned up in maroon colours and took home the FA Cup in that strip and as we all know will be iconic as it might not return again, it was one of those lucky once as well, did never loose in that shirt.

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Going into this season we have seen the mint and dark blue one, the new home kit and waiting on that third one and as it will appear Jamie Vardy will again turn out in a new outfit and his different colours don’t seem to upset him as he just continues scoring goals whatever colours he wear.

Leicester manager address major concern, will Burnley and Man Utd get a phone call?

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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers doubts that his most experienced defender Jonny Evans will be available for the opening game of the season and we all know how his troubled foot has seen him struggle with fitness levels last season, pulling off in games and leaving a gap behind him that at the moment no player has been able to fill.

During pre-season and in games he was absent last season, Leicester struggled and are letting in goals you would not see with Jonny Evans in the middle of the heat as he is by TCF rated as among the best defenders in the Premier League and highly thought off.

Today and in previous pre-season games the defense has been rocky and leaky and with that stability gone and with the two more lively defenders, Soyuncu and Fofana, not really seeing the calmness needed as the two have other qualities, but need that steady character at their side.

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We all know that money aren’t flushing in without making major sales. Pulling that magic rabbit out of the hat has in previous years also been very difficult and the signing of Jonny Evans, done by Claude Puel, back in 2018 has been fantastic business, with emergency defenders such as Molla Wague, Ryan Bennett and Aleksandar Dragovic being brought in during previous transfer windows and not really had any special impact, none of them staying on after their loan spells. TCF believe that Filip Benkovic has a huge potential, but still very young and not really experienced enough to just replace Jonny Evans at this point, but would rather see Rodgers doing a try than juggling his systems around, as that upsets the rest of the team balance.

Ozan Kabak, earlier linked with a move to Leicester, and Caglar Soyuncu has been a pair in the defence of Turkey and they struggled to keep some sort of stabilty in games against top opponents, so this would be a risky scenario and one we believe wouldn’t be the ideal idea as Kabak needs time to adjust to such a job and we would not see Brendan Rodgers going into the market after him.

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A more experienced player must be a priority and James Tarkowski of Burnley would be the ideal man to go for, but that would surely not be a player joining on loan. While the pre-season has been an experimental time regarding the back four or back three, it will surely be a headache for Brendan Rodgers to get everything in order to that day of the PL season opener.

The fact that Leicester signed Ryan Bertrand instead of trying to bring in Robin Gosens shows a scenario that you probably can work out yourself, and at this moment Jonny Evans must be seen as the main concern, and could Leicester bring in one of the forgotten men in football, Phil Jones?

Phil Jones could be the perfect man, but we don’t know much about the England international that has been placed in the freezer by OGS and this is just a wild guess on a player that in his best form could go straight in and be part of a back three and possibly available on a loan.

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Nothing said about Phil Jones, but in form a great player, hardly seen in the game for a while, so we just don’t know if this is possible. Those other players linked with a move to Leicester are either favorites to join other clubs or just not ready to step straight into the heat.

James Tarkowski is not seen linked with other clubs at this moment, and Phil Jones is on the radar of West Ham according to the rumour mill, so we just have to wait and see what Brendan Rodgers will do. He has a worry to sort out, but hopefully Jonny Evans will regain full fitness and we can just calm down, anyway to get some sort of a settled group of central defenders would at least see one new player added, or give Filip Benkovic the chance to establish himself as that fourth player to call for when you need that cover and you will need that during a season. Ben Nelson (17) is surely a huge talent, and how he went about last season and took his place in the U.23’s, could as well surprise everyone and of course James Justin is also one to actually consider heavily as that cover, as he can operate in a number of positions in the back. We do just hope that Jonny Evans will soon be back to full fitness and best of luck during his struggles with this bad and difficult injury.

QPR 3, Leicester 3, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

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Brendan Rodgers fielded probably what he believed was his strongest eleven from start, with a come back from Harvey Barnes as a happy point, but with QPR further in their pre-season and sending out their strongest team this became a really difficult game for Leicester.

The game showed a quality gap between QPR and Leicester, with the Championship side looking sharp and ready to go and Leicester a bit on the chase for answers, but again hopefully just a part of the way forward to full fitness when that game v. Wolves comes along in the PL kick off.

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Leicester had their chances and with James Maddison absent and not in the squad, Bouba Soumare showed his best in the three men midfield alongside Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans, and a number of nice passes to Jamie Vardy could have seen Leicester go in front early on, but it was not to happen, with the touches not yet totally in there.

The game was an equal affair looking at possession, but QPR slightly sharper and in the 45th minute, Charlie Austin made his strike and scored, 1-0.

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Leicester did one change at half time swopping Marc Albrighton with Harvey Barnes and it really didn’t make much difference with QPR keeping their best eleven on the pitch and after 55 minutes it was time of a new goal as QPR scored again, they were 2-0 up and it looked brightly for the Londoners who have impressed in their pre-season friendlies.

Leicester made a grand number of changes just minutes after, bringing on Amartey, Thomas, Benkovic, Nelson, Daka, Dewsbury-Hall, Choudhury, Iheanacho and Sowah coming on, and it paid of with a strike from Dewsbury Hall after 77 minutes.

Leicester have more depth in their squad and could bring on a number of quality players as QPR also made their changes getting weaker as they might need to keep a first eleven as tight as they can and with that in mind, gaps were opened and Patson Daka first got his goal after being played through by Marc Albrighton.

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We all thought it was Leicester who would come out on top and score a late winner, but instead QPR made a counter attack and scored from close range. again a set back for Leicester as they did see themselves 2-3 down after 82 minutes. QPR also had a shot earlier on in the metal so they were close to four and they would have finished the game as winners.

Instead a clever pass from Luke Thomas opened the QPR defense and with Patson Daka just running with ultimate pace to reach the ball he was taken down by Seni Dieng the QPR goalkeeper. Kelechi Iheanacho scored from the penalty spot with a calm and good finish and secured a late equalizer for Leicester who then came away from this affair with a bit of satisfaction.

Clearly a step in the right direction but still a great number of questions to be answered and especially in the back Leicester do miss Jonny Evans heavily, hopefully he can play against Villareal and Man City as his presence is very much needed, but again what will Brendan Rodgers do regarding his system and how will he play, the switch from a three to a two men central defense is a bit of a worry as it is the most important part of a build up towards a new season.

  • Positives
    • Scoring three goals
    • Creating enough chances to score five and lively at times
    • Bouba Soumare showing skills and passing abilities that will be important
    • Patson Daka scoring and showing why Leicester have signed him
    • Luke Thomas looks as he will give Ryan Bertrand hard competition
  • Negatives:
    • Being 2-0 down after 55 minutes
    • Looking a bit messy defensively
    • Jonny Evans not playing any part in the games yet
    • James Maddison missing the game
    • Not a settled system defensively, which is a bit of a worry
  • Player Ratings: Jakupovic 4, Pereira 5, Fofana 6, Soyuncu 5, Bertrand 5, Soumare 7, Nididi 5, Tielemans 6, Barnes 5, Vardy 6, Perez 4, Subs: Albrighton 6, Amartey, Benkovic, Nelson, Dewsbury-Hall, Sowah, Iheanacho, Choudhury, Thomas, Daka
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Bouba Soumare

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 49 / 51
  • Corners: 10 / 5
  • Shots on target: 5 / 5
  • Fouls: – / –

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