Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has hailed Jamie Vardy as a fantastic horse and inspiration behind his teammates.
Vardy has been the driving force in Leicester’s title push, with the foxes opening up a seven point lead.
Ranieri, who proclaimed himself “the sausageman” earlier this term after learning of a local butcher who had designed some produce in his honour, has employed another irreverent turn of phrase to describe his star striker’s impact upon Leicester’s campaign.
“Jamie Vardy, for example. This is not a footballer. This is a fantastic horse,” he said on US website The Players’ Tribune. “He has a need to be free out there on the pitch.
“I say to him, ‘You are free to move however you want, but you must help us when we lose the ball. That’s all I ask of you. If you start to press the opposition, all of your team-mates will follow you’.”