Will he? Won’t he? Jamie Vardy has left everybody in suspense after he boarded the plane to Chantilly earlier today without any solid indication as to whether or not he will be leaving the Foxes in the current transfer window.
Ever the pragmatist, Claudio Ranieri is on the lookout for Vardy’s replacement, and whether or not the forward leaves, he has set his sights on Watford ace Troy Deeney, with a possible £15 million move currently in discussion, according to The Telegraph.
Can Deeney fill Vardy’s shoes?
The rise of Jamie Vardy last season was something out of a fairytale. Having only made his introduction to first-rate football in 2012, on the back of a nine-year non-league spell, he played like a player possessed and the Foxes pace-man poached a title-winning 24 goals in the league, adding six assists along the way.
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Ranieri’s tinkering seemed to finally pay off, but with Vardy’s imminent departure from the club, his next item of business is Watford’s number nine, who has had a tremendous season under Quique Sanchez Flores.
Watford’s main hitman Deeney was mostly used as a centre-forward, but also played four games as a central attacking midfielder and two on the right. In 36 Premier League starts, he racked up 13 goals and contributed seven assists to help the Hornets to a 13th place finish.
And offensive play is not Deeney’s only strength. Along with winning aerial duels (an area Vardy did not quite excel as much in), shooting from distance and picking out key passes, the centre-forward has a knack for tackling, averaging 1.3 tackles per game last season, according to WhoScored.
Deeney would seemingly fit seamlessly into Ranieri’s tactics, as the Foxes manager looks for damage control as he prepares to bid farewell to the likes of N’Golo Kante, Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.
Could we see Deeney in Foxes kit next season? Have your say in the comments section below.