jamie vardy

That is the opinion of Daryl Janmaat, ahead of Saturday’s match.

The Newcastle v Leicester clash will not only rest on whether Jamie Vardy overcomes his hip injury and plays, or how he performs on the day, however 11 goals in the last nine matches tells you he is a potent threat.

The last time the two teams met was in May and it wasn’t only Jamie Vardy who embarrassed Newcastle that day.

Leicester won 3-0 at the King Power Stadium and it could have been a lot more, though Vardy wasn’t on the scoresheet that day.

Ulloa got two of the goals and Morgan the other, however ‘challenges’ (assaults?) by Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat on Jamie Vardy led to them both being sent off.

Can Newcastle deal any better with Vardy and his teammates on Saturday?

When speaking to The Mirror, Daryl Janmaat said that Newcastle had defenders quick enough to deal with the striker’s pace but then after thinking about it, suggested that he was the quickest in the back four!

Chancel Mbemba isn’t too bad but having the likes of Dummett and Coloccini trying to match Jamie Vardy will no doubt see them do about as well as Mike Williamson last season.

Newcastle’s defence have had some decent games this season but these have come in games where they have been pressed back and the opposition don’t have space to run in behind, such as the goalless draw at Old Trafford.

Any kind of open kind of game has seen the defence pulled apart, such as the opening day against Southampton and the game against Norwich.

Newcastle may have won 6-2 that day but it could have just as easily been that scoreline the other way, with Norwich hitting the woodwork twice and wasting a number of other chances.

United are still crying out for a decent left-back and a quality centre-back to play alongside Mbemba.

Let’s hope that if Jamie Vardy does play, his injury will take him down a few gears.

Daryl Janmaat speaking to The Mirror:

“We will have to prepare for him (Jamie Vardy). I hope we can stop him but we know that won’t be easy as he is so quick.

“We have some quick defenders though, I’m not sure who is the fastest…maybe me.

“Whoever is up against Vardy we will have to be ready for him and it is not just that pace, he is a good player and very confident right now. He is doing so well for Leicester.”