Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is not a ‘natural finisher’, believes ex-England forward Michael Owen.
Ex-Liverpool striker Michael Owen does not believe that Jamie Vardy is a “natural finisher”, according to quotes in today’s Daily Mirror.
Owen was speaking before Leicester’s game in the Champions League against Copenhagen, in which the striker failed to score again.
That makes it 11 games in a row without a goal for the struggling former Fleetwood striker, whose individual issues have been mirrored by Leicester’s all round slow start to the season.
Owen said: “Even when he was scoring loads of goals last season he wasn’t convincing me as a natural finisher.
“He doesn’t once lift his head. He almost hits it through goalkeepers. To be a finisher like that you need a lot of luck sometimes you’ll have it, sometimes you won’t.”
After scoring 24 goals in last season’s astonishing title win, Vardy has netted just three times this term. He has even found himself dropped to the bench for some games, with new signings Ahmed Musa and Islam Slimani battling for minutes up front.
Michael Owen is not the world’s best pundit, but he does know a thing or two about finishing. He scored 40 goals in 89 appearances for England and 163 league goals in 362 games.