Well there we have it. Jamie Vardy is a record breaker, and it’s hard to argue that he hasn’t deserved it. It was almost forgotten in the build-up ahead of kick-off at the King Power Stadium that the game was one that would see the victor go top of the league heading into December, such is the hype surrounding the 28-year-old’s performances of late as the opportunity to break Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record loomed.
In truth the 90 minutes weren’t the most enthralling, and aside from Vardy’s goal there was little to get excited about. Louis van Gaal’s side were once again dominant in midfield, yet blunt up front, which is becoming a worry.
Leicester moved joint top of the table with Manchester City after 14 games, while United sit third, and here are THREE things we learnt…
Tonight was widely seen as the night the Jamie Vardy express would be de-railed. 10 goals in 10 games is s stunning return, but to better Ruud van Nistelrooy’s equal haul, the Foxes man needed to score past the meanest defence in the Premier League this season. Not a chance… at least that’s what many thought.
However, midway through the first half the in-form forward raced through and drilled the ball past David de Gea sending his team, their fans and the entire internet into a mad state.
If he can beat the best, why can’t he carry on beating the rest? We’re not saying he’ll take the record as high as say 15 or 20, but Vardy is certainly a striker to be feared across the division.
Wayne Rooney’s game by numbers vs. Leicester: 70% pass accuracy 0 shots on target 0 chances created 0 take-ons 0 crosses completed Subbed.
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Hauled off with just over 20 minutes to go after a lifeless display, Rooney will want to forget his evening at the King Power Stadium. The fact remains that the Red Devils skipper is a legendary player for both his club and country, but has his time past? It’s looking more and more like it as the weeks pass, with Rooney’s pace having faded, his movement grown laboured and his first touch having all but evaded him.
Time to head off to America or China? It may be worth considering if this trend carries on, as it would be a shame to see his reputation eroded.
Joint-top of the table in December! This is no blip! Leicester have to be talked about as a candidate in the title race, they deserve the recognition. 14 games and 29 points is a staggering tally for a side that were in the relegation zone for the bulk of 2014/15, and we shouldn’t really be fooled by all the talk of aiming for 40 points coming out of the Leicester camp.
It’s true that Claudio Ranieri’s men have a tough run coming up, but being able to play on the counter-attack against bigger sides is ideal for the likes of Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.