Manchester City shouldn't sign Jamie Vardy or Riyad Mahrez

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Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez can't get out of the headlines at the moment and neither can Leicester, but Manchester City should stay clear of the duo for now.

Much has been spoken already about the heroics that Claudio Ranieri's side have pulled off this season. The Italian was one of the favourites to be the first Premier League manager sacked and the club was widely-tipped to be relegated.

Yet the Foxes sit joint top of the league and have Vardy and Mahrez partly to thank for it. However, Manuel Pellegrini should be cautious about making a move for them and here's why.


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One hit wonders?

Why Manchester City and other top English clubs might be hesitant to sign the Leicester pair, is because this season might be a one off.

If you go down the Premier League years, there are countless examples of players that have exploded onto the scene and had top teams hovering for their signature.

One of them being former Swansea forward Michu, who scored 22 goals for the Swans in the 2012/13 season. At the time, Arsenal were rumoured to be interested in the Spanish striker in a deal worth a reported £25m.

He was seen as a plan B by Arsene Wenger after being rebuffed in their attempts to sign then-Liverpool forward, Luis Suarez.

How times have changed. Michu only recently made his first appearance in over a year for Spanish fourth tier side UP Langreo. Arsenal supporters must be mightily relieved they didn't buy into the hype.

And Manchester City should do the same with Vardy. Michu scored seven more goals than the English international's current goal tally, albeit the season hasn't finished yet. Even so, Michu was 26 at the time, three years younger than the Leicester forward today.


Vardy has been a late bloomer, making his way from non-league side Fleetwood Town to the Premier League, and his remarkable journey to the top shouldn't be looked at lightly. Unfortunately for him, his incredible rise, might just be too late.

The fee that Leicester would command is rumoured to be in the region of £30 million. That is an extortionate sum of money for a player approaching his 30's, even if he did break the Premier League record for scoring in 11 consecutive matches.

You can tell his impressive first-half of the season has taken its toll on him, as illness and injuries have started to impact the former Halifax Town striker.

A player with his style of play can't take too many injuries. He relies heavily on his pace and movement, and match fitness will be key to him being a threat. In fact, his speed will likely make him more susceptible to injuries as his playing days come to a close.

Spending a huge amount of money on a player who could be spending more time on the injury table than the pitch might not be the wisest decision.

Of course you could say the same about any player. There is always a risk a new player will get injured and have a torrid time. Nevertheless, Vardy's age will likely increase those chances and a more youthful player might be the better option.

Big club pressure

Mahrez on the other hand, is 24-years-old. He's fit as a fiddle. However, that doesn't excuse the fact this season could just be a one-off.

In 30 Premier League matches last campaign, the Algerian only managed four goals and three assists. Yes, he was in a struggling side and yes it was his first season in English football, but who's to say he won't repeat the same statistics next season?

The pressure will be on him more than ever. Players will recognise that he loves to open up his body and curl the ball with his left foot. Defenders and managers will pick up on that and will try and show him onto his right. Can he adapt?

Not to mention the demanding fans of a big club, who are expecting you to perform week-in-week-out.

At Leicester there wasn't any pressure on him at the start of the season. He cost the club £400,000, the team was expected to be playing Championship football next season and the manager was on the verge of the sack before the Foxes kicked a ball.

If he wasn't performing, would the wider footballing public notice? Leicester fans might, but would the national media? Probably not.

His manager agrees too, as quoted by the Leicester Mercury saying: "It is one thing to play for Leicester and another to play at the highest level.

“When you arrive at the top, when you play well it is normal, so you must do something more."

It's the big games Mahrez has seemed to struggle in this season too. Failing to score or assist against Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. He did notch a goal against Chelsea, but that was a team who were about to lose Jose Mourinho a few days later.

People will argue, his teammates aren't as good as him, and if he moved to a bigger club, then he might be able to perform even better with world class talent around him. Which is true, he might do, if he can deal with the demands of a top club.

Not a priority for City

Nonetheless, do City really need a winger? Possibly, as Jesus Navas, has struggled with his end-product, but even so, he can rarely get a game for the Citizens. With £100 million splashed on Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, would Mahrez get a game for City?

He would be a brilliant impact sub yes, but to spend a fee that is going to take something spectacular to prize him away from the King Power Stadium, just to leave him on the bench, is hardly good business.

They may have endless pits of money, and injuries could halter De Bruyne's and Sterling's progress, but they still have the much-forgotten Patrick Roberts to come through the system.

As well as any other promising youngsters that City should be producing through their £200 million training complex.

Mahrez has time on his side, he could prove next campaign that he is capable of repeating his tremendous form, but we've still only played just over half the season.

Pressure is on the duo and Leicester to perform now, can they get into the top four? Can they keep scoring goals week-in-week-out? As soon as their form dips, the media will be onto him.

How will they respond to criticism? What if Leicester turn down a bid this January, will they sulk? Will their heads be elsewhere, or will they prove people wrong?

Time will tell, but City should be looking at world class talent who have played regularly on the international stage and in the Champions League. The Leicester pair have only made 26 international appearances combined.

There is no doubting that Mahrez and Vardy have been nothing short of immense, but they still have much more to prove to deserve a big money move.

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