Jamie Vardy’s goal-scoring form has been so good this season that Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri does not let him practice shooting.
The England international said that Ranieri prefers to do finishing drills early in the week, while Vardy is meant to be resting.
“I don’t really get the chance to practice that much on my finishing because we have our shooting drills early in the week when the gaffer’s wanting me to rest my legs,” Vardy said.
“So normally, when there’s a bit of shooting, the gaffer tells me to go inside!
“I’ll keep doing that if it means I’m saving my legs – and goals – for games.”
Leicester are runaway favourites to clinch a maiden Premier League crown after starting the season rated as 5000-1 odds for the big prize, leading the title race by seven points with five games to play.
Vardy’s goals – his 20th and 21st of the league season coming in their 2-0 win over Sunderland on Sunday – have been crucial to that effort, but the Englishman was keen to give praise to Danny Drinkwater in midfield.
The former Manchester United prodigy enjoys a good working relationship with Vardy, and the English forward is happy to have such a reliable supply line from midfield.
“‘Drinky’ knows exactly where I’m going to be,” Vardy said. “He doesn’t have to look most of the time. As long as I know the rough area where it’s going to go, I’ll be on my bike and chasing the ball down.”
Drinkwater said the feeling is mutual.
“The majority of time you don’t need to look for Jamie,” he said. “You just know he’s going to be on the move and that, with his pace, if the pass is right, it’s going to cause defenders problem.
“It works, it scores us goals, so why stop?”
Drinkwater added that there is nothing special about Leicester this season except for their comradery on and off the pitch.
“There isn’t a secret to us,” Danny Drinkwater said. “It’s just that we’re a bunch of lads that get along. We’re all willing to work hard for each other on the pitch.
“It shows by how well we graft out results. If stuff’s not going well, we still manage to win games.”