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GW1 Kings to watch: Jamie Vardy

The Scout 11 Aug 2021
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The Scout says lone striker role boosts the appeal of Leicester star against Wolves

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in the Gameweek 1 of 2021/22 Fantasy Premier League.

Jamie Vardy (LEI) £10.5m

The Leicester City striker enjoyed one of the most productive seasons of his career in 2020/21.

Vardy scored 15 goals and supplied a further 14 assists, the first time he had achieved double-digits for both statistics in Fantasy.

Indeed, his average of 5.5 points per match (ppm) ranked second among all forwards, bettered only by the 6.9ppm of Harry Kane (£12.5m).

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Despite his successful previous campaign, Vardy has mainly been overlooked by managers.

He sits in only 12.5 per cent of squads for Leicester's home encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers, the ninth most-popular forward in the game.

In part, that is down to the increased competition up front at Leicester, with Kelechi Iheanacho and new signing Patson Daka (both £7.5m) providing further options for Brendan Rodgers.

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However, Vardy has remained a key figure in Leicester’s matches over the summer.

Rodgers has changed the 3-4-1-2 system he used towards the end of last season, starting instead with a 4-3-3. 

And it is Vardy who has led the line as the lone striker, with Iheanacho and Daka having to rely on minutes off the bench.

Vardy's 2020/21 highlights

Wolves, meanwhile, visit King Power Stadium in poor defensive form under new head coach Bruno Lage.

They managed just one clean sheet over their six summer friendlies for the Portuguese.

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As the spearhead of the Leicester attack, Vardy could even be worth considering as a captaincy candidate for Gameweek 1.

Also in this series

Part 1: Michail Antonio (WHU)
Part 2: Antonio Rudiger (CHE)
Part 3: Mason Greenwood (MUN)
Part 4: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

Remember, the Gameweek 1 deadline is at 18:30 BST on Friday 13 August.

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