Jamie Vardy scored his 20th and 21st goals of the Premier League season last weekend as his side closed in on the title.
His goals have put the Foxes on the brink of completing an incredible 5000/1 feat and has seen him become a certainty in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad for the European Championships this summer.
Vardy also has a real chance to win the PFA Player of the Year award and there are Hollywood screenwriters wanting to make a film about him.
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But, what’s behind Vardy’s goalscoring success this season?
Lots of shooting practise on the training ground, presumably.
The opposite, actually.
The 29-year-old has revealed that manager Claudio Ranieri is actively preventing him from working on his finishing in training.
“I don’t really get the chance to practise that much on my finishing because we have our shooting drills early in the week when the gaffer’s wanting me to rest my legs,” he told reporters, per the Guardian.
“So normally, when there’s a bit of shooting, the gaffer tells me to go inside.
“I’ll keep doing that if it means I’m saving my legs — and goals — for games.”
The Italian manager must have been tempted to scrap his bizarre tactic after the England international had gone six matches without scoring before last weekend’s clash with Sunderland.
But Vardy scored twice in the second-half to put his side seven points clear with just five matches remaining.
Ranieri explained the little motivational speech he gave to the forward during the interval to inspire him to earn his side a crucial three points.
“At half-time, I said to him: ‘Come on Jamie, we need you, I need you’ I told him. And he scored twice,” Ranieri said in his post-match conference, per The Mirror.
On the brink
It leaves the club knowing that they only need three more victories to guarantee Premier League glory. They host West Ham and Swansea in their next two matches before they travel to Old Trafford to play Manchester United at the start of May.
They return to the King Power to play Everton before a trip to last season’s champions, Chelsea, on the final day of the campaign.
While Sunday’s victory over Sunderland went a long way to securing the title, it also guaranteed qualification for next season’s Champions League.
It’s incredible to think that everyone associated with the club will be devastated if qualification for Europe’s elite competition is all they have to look back on this season.
So, hopefully, Hodgson is listening ahead of this summer.
Ban Vardy from taking shots in training and tell him “we need you” at half-time and England are bound the win Euro 2016.
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