Former boss backs Leicester striker Jamie Vardy to break scoring record

first_img The Leicester striker will equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Barclays Premier League achievement of scoring in 10 straight games if he nets at Newcastle on Saturday. Vardy is battling to be fit to have a shot at the record, set in 2003, after missing England’s defeat to Spain and Tuesday’s win over France with a hip problem. Micky Mellon has backed Jamie Vardy to keep making history as he closes in on a remarkable record. But, if he recovers, Shrewsbury boss Mellon – who managed him at Fleetwood – believes Vardy can set a new record. “I was with him three years ago, I absolutely love him. I hope he goes and gets 40 on the trot,” said Mellon. “He has got fire, he could heat a cold room. The lad is on fire, he has desire beyond belief. “I’m absolutely elated for him, I couldn’t be prouder if he was my own boy. He’s going to continue to do it because he’s brilliant. “I wish he was Scottish. He can do what he wants, he can. I’m delighted for him.” Mellon signed Vardy for Fleetwood from Halifax and he scored 34 goals as the Cod Army were promoted to the Football League for the first time in their history in 2012. It earned him a £1million move to the Foxes and Mellon was keen to impress the 28-year-old has improved dramatically since he left Fleetwood. “It won’t affect him in the slightest. It’s a fantastic story and I up to my part in it I told the tale and he’s moved on massively since he left me,” he said. “Every time something like this comes up…we carry on. He’s a fantastic kid, a brilliant kid but I want to move on with Shrewsbury and concentrate on that. “He’s a good kid and good friend of mine and I’ve spoken about him many, many times and it’s someone else’s turn to speak about him.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Football News Lionel Messi Gets Injured, Barcelona Win Against Villareal In La Liga

first_imgBarcelona: Lionel Messi endured yet more injury frustration after going off at half-time against Villarreal but Barcelona gave their coach Ernesto Valverde some much-needed relief with a comfortable 2-1 victory. Messi received treatment in the first half for what looked like a problem with his left thigh and was then unable to continue after the interval, replaced by Ousmane Dembele on Tuesday. His withdrawal will be a major concern for Barca, particularly given this was Messi’s first start of the season after just recovering from a niggling calf injury sustained at the start of August.  After the match, Valverde struck a note of calm. “When something happens to Messi, everyone stops, not only on the field, but in the stands as well,” he said. “It is a small problem in the adductor and as a precaution we have decided not to risk it. In theory, it is nothing more but we will see tomorrow how it is.”   Barcelona visit Getafe in La Liga on Saturday before playing Inter Milan at home in the Champions League four days later. Certainly, they would have been eager to see Messi back in their line-up, having suffered a humbling 2-0 loss at newly-promoted Granada last weekend, a result that left them with seven points from five games, their worst start to a season since 1995. Also Read | The Best FIFA Football Awards: Lionel Messi, Megan Rapinoe Win Player Of The Year Awards They arrived at Camp Nou with doubts hovering, particularly over Valverde, but delivered a far more convincing win than the scoreline suggested, thanks to early goals from Antoine Griezmann, his third of the season, and Arthur Melo. “We are still far from our best but with matches everything will improve,” said Griezmann. On his own adaptation at Barcelona, he added: “It’s different. A different style of football, a different position. I knew it was going to be a challenge and it would take time. But I’m not too bad, right? Three goals. I can do better, yes, but I have to keep working.”   Also Read | Lionel Messi Says Would Be ‘Thrilled’ If Neymar Joins BarcelonaCazorla gives Villarreal hope  Santi Cazorla put Villarreal in touch on the stroke of half-time but in truth the visitors barely threatened thereafter, with Barcelona impressively composed when nerves might easily have taken over. It means Valverde’s side climb to fourth in the table, one point behind Real Madrid and level on points with Atletico Madrid, who both play on Wednesday. Villarreal’s encouraging start stalls a little as they drop to eighth.  Granada, who backed up their shock win over Barca with a 1-1 draw at Real Valladolid, top the table, although both Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid can move three points above them when they play their games on Wednesday. Barcelona started well, with Griezmann heading in after just six minutes, darting to the near post to flick home Messi’s floated corner. The pair shared a celebratory hug too.  Seven minutes later, there was a second and another goal almost from nothing. Arthur collected the ball 30 yards out and harpooned a shot straight past Sergio Asenjo and into the top right-hand corner. Messi, who won FIFA’s Men’s Player of the Year award on Monday, took treatment on the sideline just after the half-hour mark and Cazorla pulled one back soon after with a swerving effort from distance. The ball straightened as it flew, which fooled goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, on his way left towards the corner.  Dembele replaced Messi and the 16-year-old Ansu Fati came on for Luis Suarez with 12 minutes left. Fati twice went close but shot over and then wide. A third for Barca looked more likely than an equaliser for Villarreal.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more