'Vardy will find his form' - Heskey backs Leicester striker to start scoring again

The England striker has struggled for goals in the Premier League this season after hitting 24 last term but ex-Foxes forward believes it's a matter of time

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Jamie Vardy has been backed to rediscover his goalscoring touch soon by former Leicester City striker Emile Heskey. 

Vardy has only scored two Premier League goals this term as the Foxes struggle to recapture the form which saw them claim an historic first title last season.

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The England striker rejected a £30m move to Arsenal over the summer in favour of extending his contract at the King Power Stadium and Heskey says the 29-year-old must become more clinical in front of goal if he is to replicate the form which saw him score in 11 consecutive league games last season.

“Goals wise he’s struggling but performance wise he’s not,” Heskey told Goal. “The goals have dried up a little bit but I still want him to get in the box and create chances for himself and for others.

“He’s getting in the right areas. He just needs something to come off his backside or his toe and go in and take it from there. That’s how he’ll get his confidence back.

“He’s still playing with the intensity and willingness as he did when he was scoring all those goals last season. He’s just not finishing off the chances he’s getting. He’s got to take those chances.”

Heskey, who played for Leicester from 1994-2000, admits that Claudio Ranieri’s side are no longer a surprise package in the league and are suffering for it.

“Last season they were a bit of an unknown quantity,” he said. “It surprised a lot of people. “Other teams know how much of a threat they are. They are aware of that more than they would have been.

“They’ve done their homework and know how to shut them out, they give less space in behind to hit on the counter attack and move the ball around faster.”

Leicester have slumped to 14th place in the table and are unlikely to repeat their title heroics following a 1-0 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion before the international break. Heskey does not believe that his former club will get sucked into the relegation fight but admits it’s time they got their act together.

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“We’ve looked at teams before and said they’re too good to go down - and they have gone down,” he said. “It’s always a possibility but I don’t think they will. It’s very tight down there. One win can take you all the way to the top half of the table.

“One thing you don’t want to do is get cut adrift. But it’s quite tight down there. I’m sure with two or three wins under their belt they’ll pull away from it.”

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