21 September 2019 09:48

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers insists he would not swap Jamie Vardy for Harry Kane.

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Why Brendan Rodgers would not swap Jamie Vardy for Harry Kane

Harry Winks has started every match Spurs have played this season, a pleasing result for the 23-year-old who has struggled with ankle and groin injuries in recent seasons. "Today I think he is one of the most aggressive players on the pitch, when his characteristics when he keeps the ball, how he plays, with the ball he is very aggressive, breaking lines, keeping possession, always thinking forwards. "The progress, how is working, how he is fighting, how aggressive he is and the hunger to recover the ball quick, that is I think what he need to keep working and pushing on because that is what is going to make the difference to be a good player or a big player." Twitter: You can follow our dedicated Spurs account, Tottenham Hotspur correspondent Alasdair Gold and football reporter Rob Guest. It shouldn't be a surprise the Spurs youth product was handed his Premier League debut by his boss when you consider how much he embodies the qualities Pochettino admires most. Winks remains a key cog in Tottenham's most important games and may have quite the task as the north London side attempt to make a statement against Leicester.

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Leicester City welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the King Power Stadium on Saturday (12.30pm). City head into the clash hoping to return to winning ways following their first defeat of the season last time out, against Manchester United. Tottenham sit on the same number of points as City after five games (eight), but their ambitions will be loftier as we head further into the campaign, Mauricio Pochettino's men hoping to build on last season's Champions League final appearance. It should prove to be a big test for City as they welcome the team largely regarded as the third best in the league, but they will believe they can get a result as they look to boost their ambition of reaching the top six this season. Rodgers will likely look to get a head start on this by keeping Hamza Choudhury in the midfield along with Wifred Ndidi, but that doesn't totally solve the problem Spurs present.

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The interesting part of their system is that they too play two holding midfielders, as well as more creative stars like Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, and though Son-Heung-Min is often listed as a striker or winger, he roams to cause extra problems in midfield. A perfect example of how Spurs create space with their creative midfielders is in their draw with Manchester City earlier this season. Eriksen pushes forward, almost acting as a block as he takes Lamela's marker with him into the defensive line, where City also have bodies marking Kane. Son seizes the opportunity, taking the ball deep into the Arsenal half before offloading it. The South Korean made the difference in City's defeat to Spurs in their last meeting at the King Power Stadium, and he could do the same again this weekend if he is afforded too much space.

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Son does both, and if you watch Spurs' win over Palace last weekend, you'll need no further examples, though there are many. It's something Pochettino's men have struggled with this season, and it's not just crosses, either - Aston Villa scored through a long ball from deep in their own half. City have to get early crosses into the box and even taking Spurs out of the equation, it's something Rodgers' men must improve upon heading further into the season. Brendan Rodgers says Harry Kane is a "talisman" for Spurs and England but insists he wouldn't swap Jamie Vardy for him. The Tottenham hotshot has Leicester in his sights again today after scoring 12 goals against the Foxes in as many games for Spurs.

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But Rodgers reckons Vardy is vital to Leicester for both his work-rate and goals. The striker has three already this term and Rodgers is hoping his man can out-score Kane today. I like a striker who can really penetrate in behind and has that speed to get away and also score goals. "I have worked closely with Jamie for a period of time and there are not too many in world football I would swap him for. Rodgers added: "When he was in the England squad they tried to play him off the side a few times but it was probably not quite what would be his best position.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers insists he would not swap Jamie Vardy for Harry Kane. Arguably the two best English strikers in the Premier League will take to the field at the King Power Stadium at Saturday lunchtime when the Foxes host Tottenham. Kane, 26, who had a loan spell with Leicester during the early part of his career, has been a revelation since breaking into the first team at Spurs. His development into an elite striker has impressed Rodgers, who remembers a young Kane from the 2013/14 season. I go back to a game about five years ago when I was the Liverpool manager and Harry was on bench for Tottenham then so the strides he has made over those years has been brilliant," said Rodgers. Despite such praise, Rodgers prefers the type of striker that Vardy is. The 32-year-old has been one of the most in-form goal scorers in the Premier League since Rodgers took over at Leicester at the end of February, netting 13 times. "I have worked closely with Jamie for some time now and there's not many in world football you would swap him for. Both Kane and Vardy have a rich history of scoring goal in recent years. "(They are) two different strikers with two different qualities but two players right at the very highest level in this league, both have phenomenal goal scoring records." The Cherries recorded a first away win over their south coast rivals as goals from Nathan Ake, Harry Wilson and Callum Wilson earned a 3-1 success at St Mary's. "I think we are getting more and more confident with each other and this season the group will get stronger - we have big players missing. "It was a difficult game and in the second half, we were terrible on the ball," Callum Wilson admitted to Sky Sports. Southampton enjoyed 65 per cent possession and had 25 attempts on goal compared to Bournemouth's six, but still fell to a third defeat of the Premier League season. We had a lot of blocked shots, a good performance in the second half but without the result.