first_img Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy Jamie Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record to become the first player in Premier League history to score in 11 consecutive games.In true fairytale style, the England international etched his name in the history books at the King Power Stadium, as Leicester City drew 1-1 with Manchester United, leaving supporters applauding his meteoric rise from non-league football.But while reports and headlines have centred upon the goals that he has scored, what may be of more interest – certainly to Claudio Ranieri – is how important his form in the final third has been for his club’s rise to the top of the table.Has he been as key, for example, as Harry Kane was to Tottenham Hotspur last season?talkSPORT has the answer, as we reveal the stats that show how crucial the 28-year-old has been for the Foxes (all stats correct up to 2 December 2015).– Vardy has scored 14 goals and earned the Foxes 14 points– Without him, Leicester City wouldn’t be challenging Manchester City for top spot, rather they would be level with Chelsea on 15 points in 14th place– Vardy, however, isn’t the only player that has been key to their shock rise in the Premier League, as team-mate Riyad Mahrez has earned nine points through his seven goals– Without Vardy and Mahrez’s contributions, Leicester would have just six points this season 1last_img