Okazaki happy and not worried by Vardy drought

Mark Holmes
Shinji Okazaki: Not worried by Jamie Vardy's goal drought

Shinji Okazaki: Not worried by Jamie Vardy's goal drought

Shinji Okazaki is not worried by Jamie Vardy’s goal drought for Leicester City but hopes to carry on scoring to take the pressure off his team-mate.

Vardy has failed to score in his last six games 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 Premier League record by scoring in 11 straight games earlier this term, but the 15-goal England forward 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.”

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.”