One of the reasons behind Leicester City’s remarkable Premier League triumph last season was the on-pitch relationship between Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.
Of Vardy’s 24 Premier League goals, five were setup by Mahrez.
And of Mahrez’s 17 league goals, three were assisted by Vardy.
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The two teammates struck up a superb understanding over the course of the 2015-16 campaign but it’s been a completely different story this term.
And a shocking - genuinely shocking - statistic has emerged which shows that the understanding between the two players has completely disappeared.
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Shocking Vardy/Mahrez statistic
According to Football365’s deputy editor Daniel Storey, Mahrez has completed, wait for it, just one pass to Vardy in the Premier League since… September 17!
That is mental.
The Foxes have played seven Premier League matches since their 3-0 victory over Burnley in mid-September.
So, against Manchester United, Southampton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham, West Brom and Watford, Mahrez has only found Vardy with one pass. One pass!
No wonder Leicester are struggling...
No wonder Leicester are 14th in the Premier League table after 12 matches played and just two points above the relegation zone.
This time last year, Claudio Ranieri’s men were top of the league and on course to achieve one of the most incredible sporting triumphs of all time.
Ranieri: 'Relegation is very close'
Twelve months later and talk has turned to relegation.
"Worried? No. But last season I was always watching behind me. Also this season I'm watching behind me,” Ranieri was quoted as saying by Sky Sports following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road.
"The relegation is very close to us and we have to react.
"I expected difficulties (this season), but not so strong. I expected some more points.
"That's normal after a team like Leicester win the title. Now we have to be compact, continue to work hard, because there is only one medicine - work hard and be together."
Mahrez: We have the quality to stay in the league
Mahrez, last season’s PFA Player of the Year, is also starting to sound a little concerned.
"Nothing is wrong,” the Algeria international was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. “We need to keep working hard like we do and I am sure we will get the wins.
"I know we have good quality to stay in the Premier League and maybe more."
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