Terrorising Leicester City duo Nugent and Vardy will have defences running scared
Former Leicester City striker Alan Young believes the strike partnership of David Nugent and new signing Jamie Vardy can become an potent attacking force.
Young, who led City's attack between 1979 and 1982, admitted he had his doubts when City splashed out £1million for Vardy from Conference champions Fleetwood Town, a record for a non-league player.
But after watching Vardy in action for City at Hinckley United on Tuesday night, Young is convinced the 25-year-old will be a hit in the Championship.
Both Vardy and Nugent scored in the 4-1 victory, and Young said he believes the pair can terrorise Championship defences this season.
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"I had never seen Vardy play and the first thing he did was get through one-on-one with the goalkeeper," said Young.
"He didn't take it, it was a bad miss, but it showed he was quick, alert and he can play. I had my doubts when Nigel Pearson signed him, but not after Tuesday night.
"Vardy and Nugent looked such a potent force, with their pace, work-rate and their touch, and they both got a goal.
"When Nugent played that little ball for Vardy to score he was saying, 'Here you go lad, get your first goal for the club', which will help him settle down.
"It was very encouraging. Pearson said they had been watching Vardy for four seasons, so they have done their homework. He is a very exciting prospect and I think he will get a lot of goals.
"I was quite surprised to see how good he was in the air, attacking crosses, but he has struck up a partnership with Nugent straight away.
"They just have to be careful they don't make the same run, but their pace and movement will frighten defences. They won't give centre-backs a moment's peace.
"They will be two of the quickest players in the division."
Young was also impressed with Marko Futacs' debut. The 6ft 5in Hungarian led City's forward line in the first half and Young believes he will provide the side with a different attacking threat.
"It was his first game and he doesn't know the lads, and they don't quite know his game yet, but I was impressed with the way he dealt with balls hammered into him," said Young.
"His first touch was very good and he has the ability to turn bad balls into good ones.
"He gives Nigel a different option. You can throw balls into the penalty area and he will get on the end of them.
"He will hold balls up and will be vital if City decide to play a counter-attacking game."