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Jamie Vardy is bringing back memories of Ian Wright

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After his one-game goal drought, Leicester City's Jamie Vardy was back on the scoresheet on Monday night against Chelsea with a deft touch finish that reminded me of a long since retired striker.

Like Vardy, Ian Wright did not hit his stride in top-flight football until his late 20s, spending a good deal of his early years in non-league. Slight difference being this is only 28-year-old Vardy's second goalscoring flourish in England's top two divisions, whereas Wright was hitting the ground running and scoring at the same levels for six seasons with Crystal Palace before his big-money move to Arsenal in September 1991 - just two months shy of his 28th birthday.

But situations and circumstances cannot all be exactly the same. (Funnily enough, Wright scored against Leicester on his Gunners' debut.)

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We could go as far as saying that there are close comparisons between the Palace side that finished third in the top-flight in Wright's last campaign and the Leicester team of today.

Both were, to quote a cliche: 'unfashionable' and unfancied clubs who exceeded all expectations. Third place is a very realistic position for the Foxes to end up in come May.

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Both sides also employed and employ a similar brand of football as well; high tempo, pressing, counter-attacking play with a never-say-die attitude. The pace and intensity when Leicester press and close down opponents having lost the ball would make Barcelona proud - a very underrated and ridiculously underused tactic, outlook and commodity in football.

Going back to Vardy and Wright, though - if you were to search for a goals compilation of the pair then you would witness similar types of goal. The length of Vardy's would be much shorter of course, but there would be no doubting the parallels between the pair.

They have pretty much the same physique and style of play and use pace both in running and shooting to overpower their opponents. There is also a touch of fire to Vardy and his temperament, which could certainly be said of Wright in his playing days.

Providing Leicester do not win the league - although that probably won't matter if regular title contenders Manchester City, United or Arsenal come calling - Vardy, like Wright, could well find himself subject to a move to a bigger club come next season.

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