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Vardy intelligence praised by Rodgers

24th April 2019, 16:27 by Alex Jack

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers claims he has learned what an intelligent footballer Jamie Vardy is since moving to the Foxes.

The former England striker managed to bag his 16th goal of the season on Saturday to help the Foxes to a 2-2 draw against West Ham United.

That effort against the Hammers was Vardy's seventh goal in as many games under Rodgers and the former Celtic manager has admitted he has been impressed by the striker's attributes since his return south of the border.

"It's very interesting when you've watched him from the outside," Rodgers said, when asked about Vardy. "When you watch him as a spectator, you see his goals, but you can't do what he does in the game without being really intelligent in football.

"His intelligence of the game is so high. That's why he's so alert and he always gets chances. He never switches his engine off. He's always there, ready to press and ready to work.

"I've always had a central striker in my teams that is quick, dynamic and gets goals. It's not just one player, but the collective will help him and that's how it's worked out.

"He's got many more goals in him and how we want to play will definitely suit him.

"I see it in training - not only does he have physical speed, but he also has a speed of thought. The speed is in his brain, he gets into good areas and that football intelligence is really high."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

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