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Jermaine Jenas critical of Claude Puel dropping Jamie Vardy for Tottenham clash

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Jermaine Jenas critical of Claude Puel dropping Jamie Vardy for Tottenham clash

Leicester City lost 3-1 to Jenas’ former team at Wembley yesterday.

Leicester City will probably count themselves unlucky not to have come away with at least a point from Wembley yesterday. The Foxes put in a great display against the third-placed team in England and would have deserved a point from the game.

Were it not for Hugo Lloris, that might have been all three points.

(Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City via Getty Images)

Leicester created numerous chances in the first-half. But with Demarai Gray and Harvey Barnes in wasteful moods, could not break Spurs down.

It was a game crying out for Jamie Vardy. But he was on the bench, as rumours of a rift between him and manager Claude Puel continue to rumble on.

It was a decision that baffled the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 (10/02/2019) pundit and former England international Jermaine Jenas.


“I do not understand that statement one bit. He wants to ‘give opportunities’. It’s not charity.

“You earn the right to play for your team and Jamie Vardy is the best striker they have.  

“They’re going into a big game against Tottenham at Wembley. Who scores a lot of goals against the top six clubs? Why he’s on the bench, I do not know.”

 

TBR’s View

Puel deciding to drop Vardy for this game made little sense. The former England striker has an excellent record in this fixture. In eight games against Spurs, he has scored four goals and assisted three.

In fact, he has a good record against the top Premier League teams and should have been starting yesterday.

It was a baffling decision and one which will not endear him any further to the already frustrated Leicester faithful.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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