Shinji Okazaki

Top Premier League Goalscorers: Shinji Okazaki

As part of a new feature, LCFC TV has been taking a look back at the Premier League goals from Shinji Okazaki’s Leicester City career.
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Okazaki was signed from German side FSV Mainz 05 in June 2015 and proved to be a key player for the Foxes in his four years at the Club.

The Japan international brought an exciting and explosive playing style to Leicester’s front line, going on to score 14 top-flight goals.

As LCFC TV begins to nostalgically look back on City's all-time top-10 Premier League goalscorers, we remember some iconic Okazaki strikes.. 

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Shinji Okazaki

Okazaki heads in his first Leicester City goal at Upton Park.

West Ham United 1 Leicester City 2
Upton Park
Saturday 15 August, 2015

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. That may well have been Okazaki’s motto as he headed in his first-ever Leicester City goal, at Upton Park. As Jamie Vardy floated in a cross, the Japan international connected with the ball first-time, but after a point-blank save from Adrián, Okazaki was up first to athletically head in at the second attempt.

That day marked the first away win in a magical season under Claudio Ranieri in which City would go on to lift the Premier League title.

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Shinji Okazaki

The Japanese forward scored at St. James' Park to seal a 3-0 victory over Newcastle United.

Newcastle United 0 Leicester City 3
St. James’ Park
Saturday 21 November, 2015

Okazaki would have to wait three months for his next City goal, which again came away from home, this time at St. James’ Park. After some nice interplay around the Newcastle box, the substitute was able to poke the ball in after his header had been stopped on the line. It wouldn’t go on to win any Goal of the Season awards, but it did help Leicester climb to the Premier League's summit. 

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Shinji Okazaki

Okazaki's strike against Everton ensured the Foxes were at the top of the Premier League table on Christmas Day 2015.

Everton 2 Leicester City 3
Goodison Park
Saturday 19 December, 2015

The forward developed a habit of scoring on the road with this strike coming at Goodison Park a month later. His emphatic left-footed finish in the box after being set up by Vardy meant his first three Foxes goals had come with his left foot, right foot and his head. More importantly, it kept up City’s winning run and saw them sit top of the pile at Christmas.

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Shinji Okazaki

Okazaki's maiden goal at King Power Stadium proved to be the winner against the Magpies.

Leicester City 1 Newcastle United 0
King Power Stadium
Monday 14 March, 2016

Okazaki’s first goal at King Power Stadium was arguably one of the best of his Leicester career and certainly one of the most spectacular. As Vardy’s header fell behind him in the box, the Japanese forward executed an acrobatic bicycle kick to beat Rob Elliot in the Newcastle goal. It turned out to be the match-winner and would be his final goal of the title-winning season.

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Shinji Okazaki

Okazaki got off the mark for the 2016/17 campaign with a goal against the Eagles.

Leicester City 3 Crystal Palace 1 
King Power Stadium
Saturday 22 October, 2016

Two months into his second season at the Club, Okazaki got off the mark for the 2016/17 campaign. The ball fell to him in the area and he made no mistake with a smart, first-time finish to beat Steve Mandanda at his near post, making it 2-0 to the Foxes and putting them in full control of the game.

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Shinji Okazaki

One of Okazaki's finest strikes in a Foxes shirt was at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City 2 Leicester City 1
Etihad Stadium
Saturday 13 May, 2017

Okazaki saved his best goal until the end of the campaign, rifling a volley it into the roof of the net, giving Willy Cabellero absolutely no chance in the City goal. Riyad Mahrez had sprayed the ball out to Marc Albrighton, whose inch-perfect cross found Okazaki waiting in the box. It proved to be a consolation, but gave Foxes fans something to cheer during the game.  

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Shinji Okazaki

The Japan international celebrates an early equaliser at Emirates Stadium on the opening day of the 2017/18 season.

Arsenal 4 Leicester City 3
Emirates Stadium
Friday 11 August, 2017

The diminutive forward once again showed his ability in the air, rising above Granit Xhaka to head in from close range and draw City level just five minutes into a pulsating game at the Emirates Stadium. Albrighton whipped in a cross to the back post, where Harry Maguire was waiting to head the ball back across for Okazaki to find the net. Arsenal went on to win a thrilling season opener 4-3, thanks to two late goals.  

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Shinji Okazaki

The diminutive forward scored inside the first minute against Brighton and Hove Albion in August 2017.

Leicester City 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0
King Power Stadium
Saturday 19 August, 2017

Okazaki netted in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time when he scored at home to Brighton in a 2-0 win - the Foxes’ first triumph of the new season. The move started in Leicester’s own box, when Matty James made a clearance, and ended with a typical poachers finish from City’s No.20. Mahrez’s shot could only be parried by Mathew Ryan into the path of Okazaki, who did the rest, scoring his fastest-ever goal in the process, coming inside the opening minute of the game.

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Shinji Okazaki

Okazaki's goal at the Liberty Stadium finished off a fine team move and ensured Leicester took home maximum points.

Swansea City 1 Leicester City 2
Liberty Stadium
Saturday 21 October, 2017 

Okazaki’s next effort was very much a team goal, coming on the counter attack after Wilfred Ndidi won back possession in the middle of the pitch. Albrighton then floated in a cross to find Mahrez, and the Algerian picked out Okazaki with a first-time, cushioned pass across goal to put it on a plate for the Japanese forward, who guided the ball past Łukasz Fabiański. The effort doubled the Foxes’ advantage just after the break and it proved to be the winner as the Swans could only claw one goal back at Liberty Stadium.  

Southampton 1 Leicester City 4
St. Mary’s Stadium
Wednesday 13 December, 2017 

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Shinji Okazaki

Okazaki's final two Foxes goals came at St. Mary's Stadium.

Okazaki’s final two Leicester City goals both came in the same game, the first and last time he scored a Premier League brace for the Club. He doubled City’s advantage on the South Coast in the first-half, reacting first in the box to poke home when Christian Fuchs’ low volley was saved by the legs of Fraser Forster. The ever-willing forward then made a front post run to get on the end of Vardy’s cross and divert the ball home in front of the ecstatic travelling supporters, securing a 4-1 victory.

Okazaki's 14 goals in full

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