Happy Birthday to Jamie Vardy. He turned 36 today and still the best top striker option at Leicester as we all could see yesterday, despite missing his chances, he still find the pockets and make runs no other forward at this club is doing at present.
Kelechi Iheanacho is the cover alternative, playing them together is not ideal, as you upset other areas of the team and system. Patson Daka has been given his chances by Brendan Rodgers but still not managed to convince anyone about his abilities as he looks uncomfortable as a lonely striker up front.
At the age of 36, old stats does not count much, as Vardy’s time in the game comes closer and closer to retirement, but Brendan Rodgers must reflect on decision making done by experienced men such as Didier Dechamps, Lionel Scaloni, as the two reached the World Cup final with both having a forward up front at the age of 36 (Giroud) and 35 (Messi).
Looking at Vardy against Newcastle, he was clever and doing what we like to see, he still have the pace and the agility to upset every defender in the Premier League, but leaving him out frequently will reduce the precentege of possible goals for Leicester dramatically and also weaken the form of the best top forward alternative.
Brendan Rodgers decided to give Jamie Vardy two more years and he is contracted until 2024, to leave him out and give Patson Dake the first choice shirt, is a bit silly, and it shows that Jamie Vardy is someone you like to use as fringe, not possible and terrible decisionmaking. He is still fit, pacy and eager to go, his body is one “not tired” and hopefully Brendan Rodgers will give Jamie a chance to again save Leicester and make a clear decision on how he would like to use him in the future.
To see players such as Danny Thomas, Daniel Amartey, Marc Albrighton, Patson Daka and Ayoze Perez in a first team line-up for Leicester and not find a position for Jamie Vardy is “rubish”, as he would have been a better alternative in all positions, believe me, again terrible management in our view.
You need to pinpoint your senior players and start counting them, and then build your team, not try to build the system first and play players over lower standards. Jamie must of course deliver but to see him being left out against Newcastle, was awfull to watch, you could instead wave goodbye to him and give him a chance to leave.
Leicester have over the years and since 2015/2016 played a system with a lonely man up front, the squad is also build up in that way and best equipped to play 4-3-3 structure, as it easily also can be seen as 4-4-1-1 as we did see in that 5000/1 season. To play two up front will give you other problems as we did see yesterday, giving Harvey Barnes problems as he is not a player that can be used as a regular flank in a five men midfield.
Another question to ask, is why two teams playing a World Cup final in 2022 can use players up front at the age of 35 and 36, and Leicester can not? It is a riddle and in real bad management. Jamie Vardy is close to 500 appearances in total for Leicester, counting all games he is at present on 490, his goal tally is 230 as he has this season scored 4 in 22 games.
We do believe that Jamie Vardy is still the very best alternative up front and he deserves to play every game from start, if he is fit, as we believe Leicester would be better with this man in the team.
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