Should Leicester drop Vardy?

Foxes fall to 2-0 defeat against relegation contenders Swansea

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Danny Simpson: Don't blame Jamie Vardy for Leicester's slide

Defender Danny Simpson says the England striker isn't being given the ammo to help fire the Foxes out of trouble.

Leicester haven't scored a Premier League goal this year - a run stretching back eight-and-a-half hours.

Vardy's blank in the 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United on Sunday means he has only scored in one of his last 24 matches for Leicester - albeit a hat-trick in the stunning 4-2 win over Manchester City.

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Swansea 2-0 Leicester: Swans resurgence outfoxes relegation contenders

This time last year, there was a tinge of excitement with fans contemplating the seemingly impossible: could they do it, could they really do it? Could Leicester be crowned champions?

The excitement has been replaced with dread: could they do it, could they really do it? Could the champions face the drop?

Leicester City are certainly not acting like Premier League leaders as they fell to 2-0 defeat to fellow relegation contenders, Swansea.

First-half goals from Alfie Mawson and Martin Olsson saw the Swans overtake the Foxes, moving up to 15th in the table.

The reigning champions remain just a point above the bottom three, extending their winless run on the road to 15 league games.

Their last away victory came last year in April against Sunderland, as part of their title-winning season. Since then, they have lost nine and drawn five.

Leicester are the only team in the top four English divisions without scoring a league goal in 2017. Their lacklustre attacking play continued at the Liberty Stadium, recording just one shot on target.

Swansea defender Mawson has netted three times since Paul Clement joined the club as manager last month. He added to his tally with a thumping volley on the 36th minute.

Kasper Schmeichel was at fault for the second goal, giving away the ball with a weak throw. Landing at Swans midfielder Tom Carroll's feet, he started a smart one-touch passing play with the ball finishing at Martin Olsson who scored with a firm strike.

Swansea under Clement have now won four of their six league games. After joining on January 2, the former Derby manager has lifted the Swans off the foot of the table and out of the relegation zone - earning him the Premier League Manager of the Month award.

Leicester offered a bit more resistance in the second half, but their only shot on target came from substitute Islam Slimani who was denied by a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski.

The answer to Leicester's relegation woes is: more goals. Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy were feared for their attacking prowess last season, scoring 32 at this stage between them. During this campaign, they have scored just eight goals.

If Dry January becomes Dry February, and Dry March, April and May follow, they could become the first English champions since 1937 to be relegated the following season.

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Claudio Ranieri should drop Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, says Tony Cottee

Leicester would benefit from dropping Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy in their bid to avoid relegation, according to former player Tony Cottee.

The Premier League champions sit one place and one point above the drop zone, having lost 2-0 at a resurgent Swansea on Sunday.

And while Mahrez and Vardy inspired Leicester to league glory in 2016, the duo have mustered up just eight league goals between them this campaign - a stark contrast to the 32 they had at this stage last season.

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