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Vardy hopes to be 'banging them in again'

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Twelve months on from his record-breaking Premier League scoring streak, Leicester City talisman Jamie Vardy appears to have lost a little of his stardust.

Last November, Vardy set a new record by scoring in 11 consecutive EPL matches but, ahead of Club Brugge's visit in the Champions League tomorrow morning (Singapore time), he has gone 13 club games without a goal.

His struggles in front of goal have mirrored Leicester's slump to 14th in the league table and prompted former England striker Alan Shearer to suggest he may have lost some of his famous hunger.

"Jamie is going through a goal drought and is not going to get out of it by sulking, because that is what he looks like he is doing at the minute," Shearer wrote in The Sun recently.

"He is not doing what he did last season and causing defenders enough problems. He is making it easy for them."

Leicester's Champions League escapades have given their fans something to cheer about and the Foxes will book a place in the last 16 if they avoid defeat against Club Brugge.

Vardy is still to join the European party, having contributed none of Leicester's five goals in the competition.

But he reacquainted himself with the sensation of scoring with a diving header in England's 2-2 friendly draw with Spain last week.

It prompted Ranieri to declare he was "a new Vardy" and, although he did not score in last Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Watford, he did win the penalty from which Riyad Mahrez scored Leicester's goal.

"It's just all about working hard and eventually they'll come," Vardy said.

"You do go through spells without scoring, but eventually it will come back and you'll be banging them in again." - AFP.

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