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Harry Kane wears Jamie Vardy pyjamas to bed, according to former Manchester United and England defender Paul Parker.
Parker joined Danny Kelly for the latest edition of talkSPORT’s GameDay podcast to look back over an action-packed weekend in the Premier League.
Furthermore, Parker appeared to brand Kane as lazy, despite his own impressive scoring record this season, and also said the England captain is more easily bullied than the Foxes star.
Vardy scored twice as second place Leicester thumped Aston Villa 4-1 at Villa Park to remain second in the table, six points clear of Manchester City and eight adrift of leaders Liverpool.
It was a club-record eighth straight Premier League victory for the flying Foxes, and Vardy has scored in every one; he is now just three games away from equalling his own record of scoring in 11 league matches in a row.
Vardy’s brace also saw him take his tally for the season up to 16 goals and take a five-goal lead in the race for the Golden Boot.
Kane has also been in top form with 25 goals in 26 games for club and country this term, but just nine of those have come in the Premier League for Spurs.
And in one of the most common debates in football fandom, Parker told talkSPORT who he’d much rather have in his team given the choice between the goalscorers.
Asked if he regards Vardy as a better striker than Kane, he said: “I do.
“I would rather play with Jamie Vardy in my team than Harry Kane, because I know what I’m getting week-in, week-out.
“When I watch people jog around and not even bother to try and make a tackle and come off the pitch with clean shorts… I’m sorry, call me a dinosaur, but I would rather just play with Vardy.
“Put him up there and you’ll know he’ll make a bad ball into a good ball.
“I’d much rather play against Harry Kane, all day long.
Vardy vs Kane
talkSPORT.com takes a look at how the two strikers compare in the 2019/20 Premier League…
- Appearances – 16
- Goals – 16
- Shots – 41
- Shots on target – 26
- Assists – 3
- Key passes – 11
- Tackles – 8
- Clearances – 10
- Blocks – 2
- Appearances – 15
- Goals – 9
- Shots – 43
- Shots on target – 15
- Assists – 2
- Key passes – 13
- Tackles – 7
- Clearances – 12
- Blocks – 2
“I’d fancy my chances; every time I’ve seen people try to beat him up, he just accepts it.”
Vardy may be 32, but he’s enjoying perhaps the best form of his career, and Parker says manager Brendan Rodgers is a big reason why.
The Leicester star has scored 25 goals since the Northern Irishman’s first game as manager in March, eight more than any other player in the top flight.
Parker added: “I think he’s working with coach now who has actually been very respectful to him.
“He has said to him: ‘You’re better than just chasing balls over the top like a cocker spaniel chasing a tennis ball’.”