Leicester City have been in decent form in the Premier League and Europe recently, having won against both Manchester United and Brentford in the league after the international break, and also travelled to Moscow to win 4-3 against Spartak Moscow. They won 4-2 against Man Utd and 2-1 away at Brentford, which means that they are yet to keep a clean sheet since the break. In the last few games, instead of playing Vardy alone as the number nine, Rodgers has preferred playing him along with Kelechi Iheanacho up front. Here, we will have a lot at Leicester city’s stats since this change has been implemented by the manager.
Brendan Rodgers was playing Vardy alone upfront like all those seasons before, but he tried to pair him up alongside Iheanacho for the first time away at Crystal Palace in the last game before the international break. They came out with a 2-2 draw in the game with goals from both Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy. Since then, he has played both of them as the two strikers in both league games and played Patson Daka along with Iheanacho in their Europa league game. They have been able to score many goals recently, and even though they have not kept clean sheets, have still managed to dig out victories.
Leicester City have an overall xG of 12.10 this season, only better than seven teams in the league. but they’ve managed to overachieve this xG and have scored 15 goals, only less than five teams, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, West Ham United and Manchester United. They have only managed to have 10 shots per 90 minutes so far, and manager Rodgers has decided to play with a front two of Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho for the last three games, after playing Vardy alone up front in the first six games.
Jamie Vardy has had a great start to this season as well, and has scored seven goal in the opening nine games of the season. He has been a major presence in and around the opposition’s box. In the first six games, Vardy had scored five goals for Leicester, but the team had only scored seven goals in their first six games. In the last three games, Vardy has scored twice but the team has managed to score eight goals. Playing two strikers upfront might reduce the goals for Vardy, but overall, Rodgers might have found a way to get goals from all different players.
Kelechi Iheanacho had one start and five appearances from the bench in the first six games, and he could not make an impact in the games, like he did towards the ending part of last season. he was regularly on the scoresheet towards the last five or six league games last season. To accommodate him into the team, Brendon Rodgers has changed the system to two strikers. He has so far scored one goal, as can be seen from his shot map above, and also had an assist against united and two against Spartak Moscow in the Europa League.
The above vix is the shot map for Leicester city against Manchester United, where Jamie Vard and Kelechi Iheanacho both started the game as the two strikers. They dominated the game, and had plenty of o opportunities and shots, winning the game 4-2.
If this is the best way for Leicester city to get goals from all their players with the price of a little less goals for Vardy, maybe Brendan Rodgers will go ahead with this formation. Jamie Vardy is a talented footballer and might adjust to this formation and start scoring the same amount of goals for them. They will need their strikers to be in goalscoring form as it will be a challenging race to compete for one of the top four spots in the Premier League.