Date Posted: Friday 20 September 2019 11:24
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers insists he wouldn't trade Jamie Vardy for Harry Kane.
Undoubtedly, the two best English Premier League strikers will be on the pitch at King Power Stadium at lunchtime on Saturday when the Foxes host Tottenham.
Kane, 26, who had a loan spell with Leicester early in his career, has been a revelation since joining the first Spurs team. His development as an elite striker impressed Rodgers, who remembers a young Kane from the 2013/14 season.
Harry is very different from Jamie. I go back to a game about five years ago when I was Liverpool manager and Harry was on Tottenham's bench, so the progress he has made over the years has been brilliant, ”said Rodgers.
"The goals he scored – he became a real talisman for Tottenham and his country."
Despite these compliments, Rodgers prefers the kind of striker that Vardy is. The 32-year-old is one of the Premier League's top scorers since Rodgers took over Leicester in late February, scoring 13 times.
"Harry is one of the best players, but I wouldn't trade Jamie," said the Foxes boss. "I have been working closely with Jamie for some time and there aren't many players in the world to trade him.
"He has this amazing talent in terms of pressing and reading the game, and tactically he's so good. He has hunger and appetite, desire and speed to stay behind and stretch the game and score points. I like this type of striker.
"At this level, in the most competitive league in the world, he's up there with the world's elite strikers and I'm very lucky to have him."
Kane and Vardy have a rich history of goals in recent years. Asked to compare England's two former teammates, Rodgers said: “They are different types and have very different qualities.
“Harry likes to go deeper and get involved in the construction and linking thing. I like an attacker who can really penetrate from behind and has that speed. It is your preference and also what you have to work with.
"Jamie's record over time here shows that he's up there for sure. I think there's no doubt he's standing next to Harry.
"(They are) two different strikers with two different qualities, but two players at the top level of this league both have phenomenal scoring records."