Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki has backed Jamie Vardy to end his goal drought after he drew a blank for a sixth straight game.
The 15-goal England Foxes forward has failed to score in his last six outings and drew a blank again in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.
Okazaki bagged his fifth goal of the season only for Rudy Gestede to level in the second half after home goalkeeper Mark Bunn had saved Riyad Mahrez’s penalty.
Vardy – who has been struggling with a recent groin problem which needed surgery – set a new Barclays Premier League record by scoring in 11 straight games earlier this term, but has now netted just once in his last eight outings.
“He has created some chances and so I am not worried about him at all,” Okazaki said ahead of Leicester’s FA Cup third-round replay against Tottenham on Wednesday.
“Vardy is still our main striker and it is a big thing he scores goals for us but if he is not scoring then I hope to help the team and Vardy as well.”
Okazaki on title chances
Leicester went top on Saturday but Arsenal edged back ahead on goal difference on Sunday following their 0-0 draw at Stoke.
Okazaki added: “It’s unbelievable. I am happy and Leicester is a strong team like a family. Top of the table? I don’t know if it will last but we take it game by game. I haven’t got a title or a cup yet. I want to get there.”
Rock-bottom Villa have claimed four points from their last two games and host Wycombe in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday.
They are nine points from safety and boss Remi Garde is hoping his message is finally getting through.
“My message maybe has not gone through to everybody. Now I thank people who are getting my message,” he said.
“We were up against a team who are full of confidence. The way we played, the spirit we showed and the way we have come through a difficult period in the last two games has pleased me.”