Despite the fact that the domestic season, both for Non-League and Football League teams, has just ended, the reverberating consequences of the rise to fame for players such as Jamie Vardy has already taken effect.
Vardy's remarkable rise to fame this season has been instrumental in breaking the stigma often associated with lower league players. Leicester City must be commended for there willingness to back a player that many other top flight clubs would have disregarded due to his ‘unworthy’ football upbringing.
The same praise can also be extended in some degree to West Ham United in their backing of Michail Antiono, who made a name for himself at Tooting & Mitcham United.
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The ‘Jamie Vardy effect’ has not only opened many clubs eyes to the talent in lower league and non league football, but has also given young players the inspiration and confidence to have faith in there ability to succeed at a higher level.
The shift in notion has already been made apparent in the Non-League, with a number of players being snapped up by Football League clubs. One prime example of this is the transfer of Kayden Jackson, formerly of Wrexham, who signed for Championship hopefuls Barnsley on Monday.
While the player may draw many comparisons to Vardy due to his pace, there is no doubt that without the rise of such a player, far fewer clubs would be willing to take on the risk of a player who arguably has only risen to prominence at the back end of 2015.
While an argument could be put forward that the change in stance may in fact hinder the ability of players to properly develop, some would however argue that it could be a turning point for English football.
The changing perceptions and subsequent backing of talent that have taken the unconventional root to development will no doubt have a positive effect on the long term future of English football.
While there will be the odd few that propel themselves from Non-League to Premier League, it will still be unrealistic to expect vast changes. However, the concept can also to associated to Premier League clubs.
There is no doubt that the rise of Vardy has encouraged scouting systems to shift much of there attention away from overseas assignments to much more domestically focused ones, heavily analyzing the talent both in the Championship and League One.
As a result, the FA will be in a greater position to achieve their age-old problem of restoring a Premier League brimming with English talent.
The rise of Vardy has therefore not only captured the imagination of a nation, but has also helped to some degree banish an inherent misconception often associated with many lower league players.
His performance at Euro 2016 and the potential rise of another further Non-League star in the form of Andre Gray for newly promoted Burnley, will further help to change the footballing public's attitude to such a topic, indirectly benefiting English football for many generations to come.
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