Puel: Vardy will rediscover his scoring touch

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Jamie Vardy of Leicester looks dejected during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at The King Power Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Claude Puel believes that a lack of confidence and games are at fault for Jamie Vardy’s recent struggles in front of goal

The English striker has scored just one of his three goals this season from open play and was withdrawn in Leicester City’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal on Monday night with a stomach problem.

While Vardy returned to training on Thursday at Leicester, he remains a doubt ahead of their Premier League game at West Ham United.

However, amid his struggles to find the net, Foxes coach Puel backed Vardy to get back to his best.

“He finished with 20 goals last season and it was normal. He is getting more shots statistically,” said Puel in a press conference on the club website.

“Recently he is also getting big chances. He has all the good things around him with good service.”

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“It is just to find confidence and a good run of stability and consistency in his play because he is a player who needs to fight in his play.

“Jamie has had a difficult start because he came back from the World Cup without a pre-season and without good work with his team-mates. After he has had a long suspension (after a red card against Wolves).

“It is difficult to find a good consistency and concentration and perhaps he is a little up and down but it is a normal thing.

“Since the beginning of the season, he has had more shots on average per game and is getting more support from James (Maddison) or (Kelechi) Iheanacho.

“He always has good attributes and he will score a lot of goals and will be fine with a lot of good stability and to play regularly.”

Vardy has scored 60 Premier League goals since the start of Leicester’s triumphant 2015/16 campaign.


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