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Jamie Vardy registers contender for worst first touch in Premier League history

Leicester may regret that...

This isn’t something you see every day.

Substitutes can take a while to adjust to the pace of games, so when Jamie Vardy was tasked with taking a penalty with literally his first touch off the bench more than a few eyebrows were raised.

Sure the Premier League’s ultimate rustler is Leicester’s usual spot kick taker but the circumstances were a little different here.

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So it wasn’t all that surprising to see Vardy’s tame effort saved expertly by Hugo Lloris.

Vardy was controversially left out of the starting line up by Claude Puel as their reported rift continues.

And Leicester sorely missed his predatory instinct in the first half as they wasted chance after chance.

But his opportunity came just after the hour mark when James Maddison was fouled by Jan Vertonghen inside the Spurs penalty area.

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Oh Jamie

Maddison initially grabbed the ball but Vardy’s impending introduction changed things.

So often we’ve seen the Leicester man unerringly smash his penalties home, but things were different this time.

Instead of exuding his usual composure, Vardy’s first touch in the game was to give Lloris a pretty straightforward save.

Football is ruthless, so of course Spurs went up the other end and doubled their lead through Christian Eriksen to properly compound Vardy’s misery.

Let this be a lesson; even the best need a little bit of time to feel themselves into a game.

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