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Vardy has 16 league goals this season, but scored just one in his last eight.

Is Jamie Vardy set to become the Premier League's latest one-season wonder?

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Jamie Vardy: the classic rags to riches story of a hard grafter from the lower reaches of English football, working his way up to the bright lights of the Premier League.

The Englishman has shocked many this season with an outstanding return of 16 Premier League goals, which included a record-breaking 11 strikes in 11 consecutive games.

Such has been his form and dramatic rise that Vardy has become a full England international and emerged a transfer target for the elite likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

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The question begs itself, though: is Leicester City's striker on course to become the next Ian Wright, who achieved much success with Arsenal, or the next Michu, who now languishes in low-league Spanish football after that spectacular season with Swansea City?

Vardy's form since joining the Foxes suggests he could prove nothing more than a one-season wonder. After scoring a meagre four Championship goals in his debut season, the Englishman bettered that tally by finding the net 16 times the following campaign and firing Leicester to the Premier League.

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Upon his arrival in the top-flight, however, such goalscoring form dried up, scoring five in 34 league appearances. Consistency has cleared proved difficult for Vardy.

A key factor that could prove vital in whether he can maintain such form is his age. At 29, the striker is far from a young talent and fast approaching a time when strikers begin to decline.

This becomes all-the-more prevalent when you consider Vardy's game revolves around his physicality, such as pace and strength, both of which currently used to get the better of opposition defenders in what is regarded football's toughest league.

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The striker's story is an inspirational one that youngsters should look towards during times of adversity, with Vardy proving quality can be found in the depths of English football.  

Ultimately, though, the England international is nothing more than a good Premier League player, rather than one destined for greatness. An emphatic season he has certainly enjoyed, but the likelihood of him repeating such performances for the remainder of this season and the next is slight.

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