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Thursday 22 February 2018

The numbers behind Jamie Vardy's scoring slump

Leicester's Jamie Vardy has struggled to recreate his form from last season's title-winning campaign.
Leicester's Jamie Vardy has struggled to recreate his form from last season's title-winning campaign.

Jamie Vardy set a new Premier League scoring record exactly a year ago when he netted in his 11th straight top flight game - a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

What a difference 12 months can make, with the Leicester and England striker on a run of 15 club appearances without a goal.

Leicester won the title by 10 points with Vardy scoring 24 times last season and, here, Press Association Sport looks at the numbers as the forward and the Foxes struggle this term.

11 - This time last year Vardy had just scored in 11 consecutive games scored but has now gone nine top flight appearances without a goal.

24 - Vardy scored 24 goals in Leicester's run to a shock Premier League title last season but has scored just twice in the league this season - 0.18 goals a game compared to 0.65 last term.

15 - The 29-year-old has failed to score in his last 15 appearances in all competitions for the Foxes since netting in their 4-1 defeat at Liverpool. It was also the last time he managed a shot on target in the Premier League.

3 - Vardy has hit just three efforts on target since September 10 - 18 games in all competitions for club and country - with two in the Champions League and one for England. He has mustered just five shots on goal in his last nine league games.

0 - Vardy failed to touch the ball at all in Middlesbrough's area in Leicester's 2-2 draw on Saturday and managed just eight touches in the game before he was substituted for Islam Slimani in the 64th minute.

15 - In 13 Premier League appearances Vardy has managed 15 shots this season - a rate of 1.2 per game - after having 53 efforts on target last term, second only to Harry Kane's 74.

2 - Vardy has played 1,019 minutes in the Premier League this season but has managed just two assists during the champions' stuttering title defence.

14 - This time last season the England striker had 14 goals in 14 Premier League appearances - including his 11-match scoring streak when he beat Ruud van Nistelrooy's Premier League record.

4 - The striker's only goal in his last 18 games came in England's 2-2 draw with Spain and he has four goals for club and country this season.

1 - Before Saturday's 2-2 draw with Boro Riyad Mahrez had found Vardy with just one pass in their previous seven games, showing the supply line had dried up.

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