Adrian Clarke looks at the top five contenders for the Golden Boot ahead of Sunday's final round of fixtures.
Four adrift of Mohamed Salah’s 22 goals, Vardy’s prospects of winning the Golden Boot look remote. But none of the division’s leading marksmen are finishing 2018/19 in better form.
Under the Foxes’ new manager, Vardy has scored at a phenomenal rate of once every 89.2 minutes.
Rodgers’ tactical approach has certainly benefited the former England striker.
Leicester are moving the ball quicker through the lines, counter-pressing with intent and aiming to pick Vardy out with early passes or crosses before defenders are set.
With runners popping up around him to distract his markers, Vardy has become harder to contain, even when defenders have dropped deeper to negate his speed.
A batch of young, hungry, creative players has given the experienced frontman a fresh lease of life.
His four assists for Vardy are fewer than the Algerian’s seven from last term. But Maddison has already laid on 16 chances for Leicester’s leading scorer, one more than his predecessor did in 2017/18.
The striker now has players around him who can see an early pass or cross and then deliver it with accuracy, which has given him renewed confidence to make runs off the ball.
As the table below shows, the new faces have been key in supplying chances to Vardy since Rodgers’ arrival.
Playing with intelligence and hunger, while scoring different types of goals, this has been Vardy’s best season since the memorable 2015/16 campaign.
He scored 24 goals that season at an average of one every 138 minutes. This campaign's 18 Premier League strikes have arrived every 146.6 minutes, the second-best ratio of his career.
Vardy will surely be targeting the 20-goal mark for this season when he faces Chelsea on Sunday, while Rodgers looks set to build his team around the forward once again next term.
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Part 3: Golden Boot: Aubameyang thriving amid change
Part 4: Golden Boot: Aguero now a threat with both feet
Part 5: Golden Boot: Salah boasts skill set of complete striker