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Vardy will soon be among the goals: Rodgers

 

By Sean Taylor

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers admits Jamie Vardy would relish scoring his first goal of the season against Sheffield United today.

The 32-year-old scored 18 Premier League goals last season but has yet to get off the mark in the opening two matches of this campaign.

It is no secret that Vardy has never lost his love for Sheffield Wednesday despite being released by the Owls at the age of 16. Today Vardy will be looking to get off the mark when he returns to his hometown as Leicester take on the Blades at Bramall Lane.

Carnlough man Rodgers said: "I'm sure he would love to go back to Sheffield and open his account, I hope so.

"He's gone close on a few occasions. It's only a matter of time and he's a top class operator at this level.

"You can sense the fear when he's in front of goal and running towards goal and if he just keeps getting into those areas then the goals will come for him. I see that in training and in matches."

Summer signing Ayoze Perez, who moved to the King Power Stadium from Newcastle for a fee of £30million, is another forward yet to find the back of the net at this early stage of the season. But as with Vardy, Rodgers remains convinced the goals will come for the Spaniard.

"He can play outside and inside but his instinct is to be in the box. You normally find that with players, whether they are central or wide, they usually end up in there," said Rodgers.

• Aston Villla defeated Everton 2-0 last night to record their first Premier League triumph of the season.

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