Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has pointed to the example of Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino to defend Jamie Vardy.
The Foxes striker is currently on a bit of a goal drought having shot out of the blocks this season.
Vardy has 17 Premier League goals to his name and is the joint-top scorer in the division, but hasn’t actually found the net in any of his last seven top-flight games, and his last nine in all competitions.
Rodgers is unconcerned about Vardy’s lack of goals in recent weeks, and used the man he signed as Liverpool manager, Firmino, as a reason why he shouldn’t be criticised.
He said (Goal): “Look at Roberto Firmino at Liverpool – he’s scored 10, but look at his influence and what he gives and allows the other players [to do].
“With Jamie, when he’s not scoring he’s creating space for others. It’s the responsibility of everyone – full-backs, centre-halves, midfielders, front players, and the guys coming off the bench, too, to contribute.”
It is widely accepted that Firmino’s selfless role at Anfield allows the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane to score the goals they do.
TBR’s view – Firmino the best example
Firmino is perhaps the best example for a manager to use when their striker isn’t banging in the goals – providing, of course, they are helping the team in other ways.
Very few do that better than Firmino, whose intelligence is on another level to most.
The way he is able to link midfield and attack is highly impressive, and Vardy would do well to study that particular side of his game.