Ben Chilwell says Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy deserves more credit

BY SAM SMITH

England international Ben Chilwell wants Leicester City teammate Jamie Vardy to attract more credit.

It comes after Vardy bettered the Premier League goal-scoring record of former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

A tweet from the Premier League’s official account revealed Vardy has now scored 85 goals in 183 top-flight appearances. That is a better record than that achieved by Ronaldo during his 196 league appearances for the Red Devils between 2003 and 2009.

The Portugal international netted 84 Premier League goals for then-manager Alex Ferguson’s side before his then-world record transfer to Real Madrid.

And Foxes left-back Chilwell believes Vardy deserves more appreciation. The England full back quote-tweeted the Premier League’s tweet, saying: “One of the best. Deserves more credit!”

Vardy moved his goal tally beyond Ronaldo’s having netted a brace in Leicester’s 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United on Sunday. Ricardo Pereira, a Paul Dummett own goal and Wilfred Ndidi added to the 32-year-old’s two goals to condemn the Magpies, who had Isaac Hayden sent off before half-time.

It came 13 months after Vardy – Leicester’s top scorer when they won the Premier League in 2016 – semi-retired from Three Lions duty and told head coach Gareth Southgate he would only consider a recall if there was an injury crisis.

The former Fleetwood Town forward had found a regular place in Southgate’s side hard to come by, with Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and now Jadon Sancho all considered ahead of him in the pecking order for Southgate’s front three.

And his decision to do so has seen an improvement in his club form. New boss Brendan Rodgers has developed the Foxes into genuine top six challengers since replacing the more conservative Claude Puel in March.

And Vardy has been a key figure. He has netted five times this season to help Leicester into third following the victory over Newcastle – dispelling a myth that lingered early in the last campaign that he is past his best.

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