Former Leicester midfielder Keith Gillespie has exclusively told Football FanCast that Kelechi Iheanacho’s recent form is partly down to the selflessness of Jamie Vardy.
The former England striker is struggling for goals himself, scoring just once since Christmas, with his 12 goals leaving him on course for his worst Premier League return for four seasons.
But whilst Vardy isn’t finding the net, Iheanacho is having little difficultly, and extended his outstanding recent run to eight goals in as many league matches, and five in three by netting a late brace at West Ham last weekend.
The Nigerian’s two goals at the London Stadium counted for little following Leicester’s 3-2 defeat, and whilst the former Manchester City man is playing the football of his career right now, Gillespie thinks that Vardy deserves credit.
He told Football FanCast:
“I know Jamie Vardy isn’t scoring goals at the minute, but the willingness that Vardy has, the non-stop running, he never gives defenders a minute’s peace.
“He isn’t scoring at the minute, but he’s part of the reason at times why Iheanacho is scoring. He can take defenders away and give Iheanacho that space.”
Meanwhile, Vardy himself is on an eight-game goal drought since netting against Liverpool more than two months ago, but Gillespie isn’t concerned.
“You always worry for strikers when they go through barren spells, but I don’t think you can be too worried about Vardy because you can see in other parts of his game how important he is to Leicester.”