Leicester striker Jamie Vardy scored for the eleventh consecutive match in the Premier League in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United. He has now broken Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record which was set across two seasons in 2003.
Although obviously delighted to be in the limelight, Vardy was keen to emphasize that his main focus will always be on giving 100% to the team. The point was enough to keep Leicester firmly among the leaders in their first season under Claudio Ranieri. The appointment of the former Chelsea boss was widely criticized in the summer, particularly by former Leicester striker turned TV pundit Gary Lineker.
Those voices have long since been silenced by a staggering start to the season as the Foxes sit level on points with title favorites Manchester City going into December. Vardy has now scored fourteen goals this season and is the leading scorer in the Premier League. Just four years ago, he was playing for Fleetwood in the Conference with less than a thousand spectators.
Ranieri was delighted by Vardy?s achievement and praised his overall performance. Should Vardy score in his next two matches, he will beat the all-time record for scoring in consecutive matches in English football. That dates back to 1931-32 and was set by Jimmy Dunne of Sheffield United. Stan Motensen scored in fifteen consecutive matches for Blackpool in 1950-51 but he missed games due to injury.
Vardy is already looking forward to Leicester?s next game against Swansea as they bid to prolong their stay at the top of the Premier League table. Last season it was Southampton who briefly threatened the established title contenders but their effort eventually fell away. The general consensus of opinion is that Leicester will also struggle in the second half of the season. They do not have the strength in depth of the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal.
Following their trip to Swansea, the Foxes welcome Premier League Champions Chelsea. Blues? boss Jose Mourinho recently stated that he did not believe that Leicester could win the league, although he did speak with respect and admiration for the way they were playing. Chelsea are currently languishing in fifteenth place in the Premiership and cannot afford another defeat.
If Leicester come through that test, they then travel to Merseyside for difficult away games at Everton and Liverpool before a home game against Manchester City. December promises to be a very exciting month for both Vardy and his club.