Vardy names Man Utd’s Smalling as toughest opponent

Date published: Friday 26th February 2016 9:36

Leicester hot shot Jamie Vardy has named Manchester United defender Chris Smalling as his toughest opponent so far this season. 

Vardy is the Premier League’s top goalscorer this term with 19 goals – three more than his closest rivals Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku.

Few defenders have been able to shackle the former non-league centre-forward but Vardy has named the defender who gave him the toughest time.

“On a personal level, Chris Smalling,” he told Betfair. “He’s always tight and always around you to stop you from doing your bit on the ball or getting turned.

“It makes it very difficult for you to bring your team-mates into the game as well.”

Even Smalling could not snuff out Vardy’s threat, with the England striker notching his record-breaking goal against United when he scored in his 11th consecutive Premier League game in November.

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