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Vardy will learn Puel's methods

23rd February 2019, 12:36 by Nick Harris

Leicester boss Claude Puel believes Jamie Vardy's makeover could make him a Premier League force for years to come.

The Frenchman has been forced to deny a rift with Vardy this season after he benched him for the 3-1 defeat at Tottenham.

Vardy has claimed this season that Puel's tactics do not suit him although he is prepared to adapt.

The former England international is expected to return to the starting line-up for Saturday's visit of Crystal Palace and Puel feels Vardy appreciates what he is trying to do in prolonging his career.

He said: "From what I can see this week, I think he understands. He was very interested in the training session. with good moves, good runs, good quality.

"I would like him to continue this way. For me it's the secret to continuing at a high level.

"I have a lot of patience - I'm an optimist. All players continue to work and improve until the end career. If a player stops learning and improving, it's the beginning of the end for me.

"Jamie has the potential to continue for a long time. He likes football and it's important he continues to improve. He has the quality to combine with his team-mates and to learn good moves in the opponent's box."

Vardy came off the bench to eventually score in the defeat at Wembley against Spurs after missing a penalty with his first touch.

He has netted eight goals in 24 games this season, taking his tally to 26 strikes in 16 months under Puel, more than any other Leicester player.

Puel added: "Jamie, he played a lot of games on counter-attack. When we play against a team deep on the pitch he can't have this space, he needs to learn, like his team-mates, different moves.

"Against (Manchester) United he had two or three situations like this in the far post but he must create this move for himself. It's a different feeling, different things,

"He's learned. He was interested in training this week, he scored a great goal against Tottenham in this move."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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