“To be fair, I don’t think I’ve scored a better goal than that.”
That was Jamie Vardy’s assessment after his stunning strike for Leicester in their 2-0 win against Liverpool on Tuesday night.
The England forward scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season as the Foxes continue to defy the odds, leading the Premier League by three points with 14 games remaining.
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Vardy tops the Premier League scoring chart and, on this form, it would be a crime if Roy Hodgson leaves him out of his squad for the summer’s European Championships.
We’ve picked out Vardy’s top five strikes of the season.
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5) v Sunderland
Vardy needed just 11 minutes to get off the mark in the opening game of the season, scoring a delightful swivelled header from Marc Albrighton’s whipped cross.
4) v Arsenal
The 29-year-old scored twice against Arsenal in Leicester’s 5-2 defeat in September and both goals were very similar, but his first gets the nod.
The headed control is sublime and the finish from a tight angle even better. That he beat the imposing Petr Cech makes it even more impressive.
3) v Chelsea
Riyad Mahrez has been Robin to Vardy’s Batman this campaign, the dynamic duo combining for 32 goals and 14 assists in all competitions.
Vardy ghosted in ahead of Kurt Zouma to flick Mahrez’s inch-perfect cross beyond Thibaut Courtois as Leicester beat Chelsea 2-1 to outline their title credentials.
Vardy’s goal helped contribute to Jose Mourinho’s downfall, the Portuguese being fired three days after the loss.
2) v Newcastle
Vardy scored a goal against Newcastle that Lionel Messi would have been proud of.
He turned Moussa Sissoko inside out before firing past Rob Elliot in what would have been his finest strike of the season, until…
1) v Liverpool
No prizes for guessing this one.
Words can’t be used to elevate the goal any more so just sit back, watch and keep hitting the repeat button.
You know any goal that produces this kind of response is a stunner.
Although, Liverpool’s Twitter account would have you believe it was just your average strike.
Analysis of the goals
What Vardy has done this season is truly spectacular. He has helped catapult Leicester to the summit of the Premier League and is an inspiration to not just young football players, but 20-somethings currently plying their trade in the lower levels and thinking their dream of becoming a star is over.
He possesses all the skills of a quality striker, showcasing his pace, trickery, finishing and heading abilities.
Of Vardy’s 18 league goals, 13 have come from his right foot (including three penalties), three were left-footed and he’s scored two headers.
The strike against Liverpool was also his first of the season from outside the area. No wonder Gary Lineker loves him so much.
Vardy must be one of the strikers on the plane to France in the summer. There is no reason for Hodgson to exclude him - he’s coming off the back of a fantastic season, can be relied upon to give 100 per cent and is a more trustworthy option than the injury-prone Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck.
Vardy’s rise from non-league to Premier League stardom is a terrific story.