Bolasie on the one trait that makes him similar to Jamie Vardy

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The Crystal palace star has been impressed by the rapid rise of the Leicester City man this season.

Crystal Palace star Yannick Bolasie has told the Mirror he believes his fighting spirit is the key trait he shares with hotshot striker Jamie Vardy.

Vardy has been the breakout sensation of this season for Leicester City, with the forward leading the Premier League goalscoring charts after breaking the record for goals scored in consecutive games.

His rise from the lower leagues has been widely reported and Bolasie has enjoyed a similar route to the Premier League, having started with Hillingdon Borough.

And the Crystal Palace man says the fight he and Vardy have had to show to make it to the top flight is a trait they both share.

"What Jamie Vardy has done is incredible and puts non-League football on the map," he told the Mirror.

"He never stops running and the hunger is there. I definitely feel I have that hunger too. It’s what I try to bring to the Palace team, I think you can see that too.

"It’s a total different world but I respect it and am happy I have come up that way. I learnt nothing comes easy and men’s football is a tough game."

While Vardy has set the league alight so far, Bolasie has continued to impress after starring last season.

He was handed a new contract at Selhurst Park to ward off interest and has paid it back already, scoring four goals in 13 games, equaling his tally from last term.

Key to that kind of form has been Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew and Bolasie says it is the confidence he gets from his boss that allows him to flourish.

"I am working hard on my game with the manager. He gives the players confidence, especially the attackers," he added.

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