Leicester City's David Nugent hails best-ever season
Leicester City striker David Nugent says he is enjoying the best season of his career.
The 27-year-old England international is City's leading goalscorer with 12 goals and is targeting breaking the 20-goal a season barrier for the first time in his career.
Nugent says he has settled down and rebuilt his career at City.
"I have 12 for the season so I am aiming for 20 goals now and if I can do that then, hopefully, that will get us into the play-offs or even the top two," he said.
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"My best total was 17 with Preston so I am only five behind that. I think this is my best ratio for the season so far in the Championship.
"If the lads keep putting balls into the box, and I can get on the end of them, I am sure I can reach 20. I am on course for 20 and, so far, goalscoring wise, this is my best season."
Nugent admits he was disappointed with his performance at Hull City on Boxing Day. But he returned to goalscoring form on Saturday at Burnley and linked up superbly with debutant Chris Wood in the demolition of Huddersfield Town on New Year's Day.
Nugent was given a standing ovation when he was substituted late on.
"I am always upset when I don't score," he said. "I am a striker and that is my job.
"I wasn't happy with my performance at Hull, but I just got my head down in training and, hopefully, that gets its rewards in the matches."
City Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare said Nugent was now back to his best.
"I thought his overall game was very good at Burnley and he was back to his best in terms of the team," he said.
"He was working hard and was always a threat to them on the shoulder. Without possession, he worked his socks off.
"I am pleased for David because he was disappointed with his own performance at Hull, but has come back to form."