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Jamie Vardy on brink of 50-goal landmark as Foxes boss hails 'complete player'

Striker Jamie Vardy is the complete player as he closes in on club history, according to Leicester boss Claude Puel.

England forward Vardy is one strike away from 50 Premier League goals ahead of Saturday's visit of Burnley.

He is set to become the first Leicester player to reach half a century of goals in the Premier League after netting in the 2-1 win over Tottenham on Tuesday.

And Puel feels the 30-year-old, who scored 24 goals when Leicester won a shock title in 2016, is an all-round player.

"I think he is the complete player, for me. It's a pity if we look just at Jamie just because he runs and tries to win duels for the team," he said.

"He can play with a team with possession and an attacking team. That is the complete player.

"We saw, for example, Harry Kane on Tuesday and they are two fantastic players - with two feet - different but they can play together.

"But of course, the player can continue to improve until the end of his career."

Vardy has scored seven goals in 14 top-flight starts this term as he prepares for the World Cup with England in Russia next year.

Puel has been impressed with Vardy since he replaced Craig Shakespeare in October and believes he can draw peak form out of the frontman.

"The first priority of a striker is to score, to find the opportunities. My job is to put him in the best condition to score," Puel said.

"To get him more chances and more possibilities to get the best statistics.

"A striker likes to be provided with the good opportunities and the space to score.

"Our future is to provide a good understanding, with pace and quality - but with a good clinical edge at the end."

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