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Veteran striker Jamie Vardy has been lamenting Leicester’s struggles in the Premier League this season and the 36-year-old says that keeping the Foxes in the top flight would eclipse the team’s previous FA Cup and EPL title wins as his biggest achievement with City.
Leicester are two points adrift of safety with three fixtures left to contest and with dates on the calendar against tough opponents like Liverpool, Newcastle and West Ham on the horizon, relegation is starting to look like a real possibility for the club.
Vardy has enjoyed a sparkling stint with Leicester which included winning a Premier League title, Golden Boot and an FA Cup, however, the centre-forward says he believes keeping City up in 2022/23 would be his biggest accomplishment yet.
Vardy discusses relegation battle
Jamie Vardy has been a talismanic figure for Leicester since his switch to the club from Fleetwood in 2012. The hard-working frontman signed for the Foxes while they were still in the Championship, and though he has seen plenty of ups and downs since, he says the club’s current plight has been the most taxing.
Speaking to Darren Bent on talkSport Drive, Vardy revealed: “I think at this moment in time it would be the biggest achievement. That’s how important it is.
“It’s hard. I don’t think ‘hurting’ is actually a strong enough word for how I’m feeling. Being here that long and being on all the ups and downs through the entire time I’ve been here, I’ve never wanted to see us being in a situation like that again. To be where we are, it’s hard to take.
“But we can’t do anything about what’s gone. It’s gone now, we can’t change results from games that have gone. We’ve got three games left now and we need to pick up points, it’s that simple.”
“I don’t think ‘hurting’ is a strong enough word for how I’m feeling”
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Vardy to shoulder goal-scoring responsibility
Vardy hasn’t been an automatic starter for Leicester this season, however, the experienced campaigner is expected to spearhead City’s attack against Liverpool next Monday.
Foxes boss Dean Smith is low on options in the final third with Kelechi Iheanacho in the treatment room and Patson Daka still blowing hot and cold, and Vardy should start for just the 18th time in the Premier League since last summer when City play the Reds.
Vardy managed to get his name on the scoresheet in two of Leicester’s last three assignments and the prolific poacher has now scored three times overall this term. Vardy is on course to record his lowest goal tally for a season since 2015, though he won’t mind too much if his efforts aid the club’s survival bid.
Leicester (49) have scored more goals this season than any of the Premier League’s current bottom ten clubs, though only three sides have conceded more than the Foxes (64).
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