Brendan Rodgers: 'I am very fortunate to have Vardy at Leicester.'

Vardy and Kane. [Getty Images/Alex Morton]
Vardy and Kane. [Getty Images/Alex Morton]

Brendan Rodgers heaped praise on Jamie Vardy, saying he wouldn’t swap the Leicester frontman for Harry Kane.

Rodgers said the Foxes' talisman is key to Leicester and he has been impressed by the striker's work ethic.

Boss Rodgers said ahead of their 2-1 win over Tottenham as the Mirror quoted: “I wouldn’t swap Jamie. I don’t think there is any doubt his record shows he is up there alongside Harry.

“I wouldn’t say he is any better than Jamie Vardy. They are different types and different qualities.

“It is your preference. I like a striker who can really penetrate in behind and has that speed to get away and also score goals.

“The strides Harry has made over these last number of years has been brilliant. With his focus and the goals he has scored he has become a real talisman for Tottenham and his country.

“But they are two different strikers with different qualities. Jamie gives a different threat and different penetration. His pace is frightening and he is a joy to work with.

“He has so much to his game – that hunger and appetite and ability to score. He is a striker with speed that can stretch the game in behind.

“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. He has this incredible knack in terms of the pressing and reading the game and is tactically aware.

“At this level in the most competitive league in the world , he is up with the very elite strikers. I am very fortunate to have him here.”