Jonny May thinks he's the new Jamie Vardy, says Ben Youngs

Leicester's Jonny May scores a try during the Champions Cup match against Racing 92. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images

Free-scoring wing Jonny May is bidding to outdo Jamie Vardy as Leicester's most prolific scoring sensation.

Leicester Tigers star May has been telling team-mates that he wants to rival Leicester City striker Vardy's Premier League consecutive scoring record of 11 goals in 11 games from 2015.

May has racked up seven tries in as many matches since swapping Gloucester for Leicester in the summer, and Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs revealed the lightning wing is far from satisfied despite his scoring glut.

"Jonny's seven from seven and he keeps telling everyone he's the new Jamie Vardy and that he's going to go on this new run and go better than Vardy!" said Leicester and England scrum-half Youngs.

"While he's scoring I'll just leave him be, I'll let him get on with it. Jonny's Jonny, it's hard to really sum him up.

"He never really knows where he's going half the time when he's got the ball, but somehow he bounds about, gets through and does his thing!

"The pace, and that ability to break up the game, is pretty exciting. With guys like Telusa Veianu in there as well, it's good to see what happens when teams kick us the ball."

Leicester host Castres in Champions Cup action on Saturday, with May scenting more scores, even if Youngs believes he has yet to lay the right amount of credit at the feet of playmakers George Ford and Matt Toomua.

May's improvised livewire style can excite and infuriate in sometimes equal measure, with Youngs revealing the 27-year-old is yet to master the art of reading play.

"I don't think he's once thanked George Ford or Matt Toomua for those passes they've been giving him," said Youngs.

"Even my brother or Coley (prop Dan Cole) could finish some of those!

"But Jonny made the decision to move, the club wanted him, he's come and settled in really quickly, he has given us something we probably haven't had for a while in terms of that out-and-out finisher.

"Jonny's unique but if he's unique and keeps scoring, then happy days.

"With Jonny, one of his biggest strengths is his work off the ball.

"Sometimes he'll be lurking off nine, 10, 12 for three or four phases and nothing will come of it.

"Sometimes it's annoying because he'll call for it then shout 'not on!' just as you've passed him the ball - that's genuinely happened twice already.

"But he's always looking for work, and if he's roaming around and cutting lines off nine then even if he doesn't get the ball it's opening avenues for guys elsewhere. It's another positive for us as a backline."