Brendan Rodgers has urged Leicester’s creators to do more to help Jamie Vardy reach his century.
Vardy has 97 goals in 199 appearances in the English top flight but after scoring 16 times in his opening 16 matches, the forward has managed just one in his last seven, with his last goal against Manchester City on December 21.
Jamie Vardy (right) needs his team-mates to help him reach the century, says Brendan Rodgers
The Leicester manager said: ‘He’s ready to make an impact in the final part of the season. These things happen and he’s been working his way back in.
‘I’ve no doubt that he’s the player that will always be the threat and he’s always going to get those opportunities.
‘It’s the responsibility of the team to create opportunities for him because he’s that type of striker. He needs the last pass, or the cross. In a few games he’s been unfortunate not to score.
The striker has not scored since December and has struggled with a glute injury too
‘But he’s such a threat and that will come again, I’m sure. I’d be pretty confident that before the end of the season 100 goals will happen.
‘As long as you’re working for the team, it will fall for you. I think it’s probably dried up centrally, and the wide areas have been productive with Harvey Barnes and Ayoze Perez creating and scoring.
‘Hopefully in this last third of the season it will all come together for them.’ Rodgers ordered his squad to switch off completely from football during the winter break in the hope they would be refreshed for the final push.
Rodgers believes it is a matter of time before the striker slots his 100th Premier League goal
Even though their pace has slowed in 2020, Leicester are in prime position to qualify for next season’s Champions League, and a win at Wolves would take them 13 points clear of fifth-placed Sheffield United.
Leicester are again likely to be without midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who returned to action only 13 days after knee surgery, but suffered a reaction and missed the 2-2 draw with Chelsea prior to the break. The Foxes hope he will be ready for their next match, against City on February 22.
Rodgers added: ‘I can sense that their energy is back. Now it’s the final third of the season and let’s give everything to finish as high as we can.’