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Jamie Vardy v Kelechi Iheanacho: How the strikers compared


Jamie Vardy took home the match ball

Jamie Vardy took home the match ball

Jamie Vardy took home the match ball

Jamie Vardy ended his wait for a Leicester goal at the 17th attempt as he scored a hat-trick to inspire the champions to victory over Manchester City.

Meanwhile, Kelechi Iheanacho made his 50th City appearance - having already scored 19 goals - as he was given another chance to fill the boots of the suspended Sergio Aguero.

Here Press Association Sport looks at how the pair compared in Leicester's 4-2 win at the King Power Stadium.


Vardy had not scored since September but scored after just two minutes and, a fter Andy King's fifth-minute strike, Vardy combined with Riyad Mahrez to add Leicester's third and his second - a sixth for club and country this season - before rolling in his third with 12 minutes left. Three shots, three goals.

The 29-year-old scored with his two shots of the first half as Iheanacho floundered and failed to shine until missing his header from Jesus Navas' cross soon after the break.

That was the youngster's only real chance - although he fluffed his lines when sent through by shooting at Ron-Robert Zieler, only to be spared by the offside flag.

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Vardy's early goals helped take the sting out of Manchester City as the visitors played into the Foxes' hands by playing such a high defensive line.

It was tailor-made for Vardy's game and it was no surprise he cashed in with two goals in the first 20 minutes.

Iheanacho was bullied by the returning Robert Huth and Wes Morgan and barely got a look in during a poor first half. When he did get the ball the 20-year-old was unable to hold it up and bring others into play.

There was no focal point for City to look for and it was a surprise to see the forward emerge for the second half - where he again failed to make inroads before he was replaced by Yaya Toure.


Vardy's effort has never been in doubt during his barren run and he was as energetic as ever.

He forced Fernando into an early mistake in one classic piece of harrying and his pace and determination allowed him to reach Riyad Mahrez's pass before Claudio Bravo to net his second. He was in the right place at the right time to cash in on John Stones' mistake and complete a hat-trick.

Iheanacho looked lost between the hulking figures of Huth and Morgan and while he tried, he failed to give as good as he got before being withdrawn just before the hour. The striker has clear talent but it was a steep learning curve for him and one he will undoubtedly need to take lessons from.


Vardy demonstrated his Premier League pedigree while Iheanacho proved he still has a lot to learn despite his rise over the last 12 months.

The youngster has shown his prowess but was completely overpowered by Leicester - especially Huth - before being hauled off as Vardy ran riot.

Manchester City played to Vardy's strengths to allow him recapture his goalscoring form after a drought which had coincided with the Foxes' poor title defence.

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