Heading into Leicester City’s FA Cup semi-final against Southampton on Sunday, Jamie Vardy’s run as the Foxes’ top goalscorer is under serious threat.
The former Fleetwood Town forward has been the club’s highest goalscorer in each of the last five campaigns but, with his brace against West Ham United last weekend, Kelechi Iheanacho moved level with him on 14 strikes for the season in all competitions.
Whilst the Nigerian is in hot form, the same cannot be said of Vardy, who has scored just once in 2021, potentially leading to question marks over his inclusion in the Leicester line-up.
However, he has the perfect chance to end his barren run and send Brendan Rodgers a message over his eye for goal by finding the net against the Saints. After all, considering the striker’s record at Wembley, he will certainly be fancied to do that.
For both the Foxes and the England national side, Vardy has plundered eight goals at the national stadium whilst providing two assists.
These have all come in various competitions, with the striker having netted in each of his three club appearances at the national stadium.
Whilst that is an impressive record, when looking at the minutes in which that the 34-year-old has done that, it takes on a completely different complexion.
He has played a total of 734 minutes at Wembley for both Leicester and England combined, meaning he has averaged a direct goal contribution every 73.4 minutes – an unbelievable rate of consistency and one that he will certainly be aiming to continue against Southampton.
Whilst Vardy’s current position at the top of the Leicester tree is under severe threat, he has the perfect opportunity to remind Rodgers of his “wonderful” talents this weekend as Leicester travel for their first FA Cup semi-final since 1982.