Jamie Vardy is a real catalyst for the team and a huge boost for us, claims Brendan Rodgers

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted Jamie Vardy is a crucial player who is key to his system and proclaimed the England striker’s return as a huge boost for them. Vardy was featured on the bench against Burnley and turned the tide with a goal and an assist.

Burnley hosted Leicester City at Turf Moor as both sides looked to halt their slump this campaign, but as the Foxes started brightly with Ricardo Pereira and Patson Daka having chances to score the opening goal, Burnley keeper Nick Pope was on hand to deny any chance of a goal in the first half. The Clarets failed to produce any quality chances in the first half and the interval ended softly as both sides entered the break level.

Things changed after the break as Jamie Vardy and James Maddison came off the bench in the second half, combining them for the opener in the 82nd minute before Vardy finished the game with a goal on his return from injury to the hamstrings, just before full. – hourly whistle. It was the Englishman’s 10th goal of the season and secured victory for Brendan Rodgers, with the Leicester boss quick to reiterate Vardy’s importance to his side.

“We knew we had James [Maddison] and Jamie’s quality to come. James scored a brilliant goal and then you could see the confidence that came with it. Then Vardy was there and did what Vardy does best. He is a real catalyst for the team. You see his energy. He’s a huge boost for us. Having that quality and mentality in the team will help us. A long way to go in the season. We want to go as far as we can in European competition and see where we are at the end of the season,” Rodgers told BBC Sport.

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