The Scout reckons Leicester striker's home form and upcoming fixtures could make him a must-have

The Scout reckons Leicester striker’s home form and upcoming fixtures could make him a must-have

Jamie Vardy (LEI) £9.0m

The Leicester City striker has been a reliable FPL performer in recent home matches. Vardy scored twice and supplied an assist in a 3-1 win against AFC Bournemouth in Gameweek 4, earning 16 points. He also collected 12 points in the Foxes’ 5-0 victory over Newcastle United courtesy of another brace. Those big hauls highlight his potential as a captain contender for the visit of Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

Gaining popularity

Vardy is the third most-bought forward for Gameweek 9, transferred in by over 104,000 managers. He is in only 10.6 per cent of squads, compared with the 12.3 per cent owned James Maddison (£7.2m). It is Vardy, however, who has been the bigger influence at King Power Stadium this season.

Home comforts

When selected, he has scored or assisted 50 per cent of Leicester’s home goals. Maddison, meanwhile, has been involved in 20 per cent of their home goals. The underlying numbers show why Vardy has been such a key figure for Brendan Rodgers‘ men. At home, his totals of eight shots inside the penalty area and six shots on target are at least double any team-mate. He will look to take advantage of a Clarets defence that are without a clean sheet on their travels.

Promising fixtures

The Burnley match marks the start of a very favourable schedule for Leicester. According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), eight of their next nine matches score only two. Another big home performance can reward his new owners, while raising Vardy’s appeal as a must-have forward for the upcoming period.