Troy Deeney is not the man to replace Jamie Vardy at Leicester

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Leicester City are in danger of losing Jamie Vardy to Premier League giants Arsenal after the Gunners triggered the release clause in the England forward's contract.

Vardy is understandably taking his time to make this crucial decision, especially given the fact the striker might not have too many other opportunities in the future to make such a prestigious move.

During this time of uncertainty, the Foxes are already believed to be on the lookout for potential replacements, with Watford's Troy Deeney among their primary targets.


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The 27-year-old was impressive for the Hornets last season, registering 13 goals over the course of the campaign.

Forming a strong partnership at the head of the attack with Odion Ighalo, the English striker is adept at holding up as well as distributing the ball well.

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But, is the big striker good enough to replace Vardy at the King Power Stadium?

Deeney might not be the answer for Leicester

Assuming Vardy does choose to move to the Emirates, Leicester need to look for a suitable replacement who will be as equally influential as Vardy, if not more.

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Keeping that in mind, there are few strikers in the Premier League that fit that bill. Vardy was the second top-scorer in the league with 24 goals, one behind leader Harry Kane.

The likes of Sergio Aguero and Olivier Giroud are unlikely to leave Man City and Arsenal respectively, whereas Romelu Lukaku will likely look to move to a more established club.

Therefore, Claudio Ranieri is left with very few options to replace the England striker.

Deeney's 13 goals during the season ranked him 10th in the race for the Golden Boot. Despite the striker's fair share of goals, his overall ability does not seem to be on par with the top strikers in the league.

The likes of Andy Carroll (West Ham), Graziano Pelle (Southampton), Christian Benteke (Liverpool) and even Deeney's Hornets teammate Ighalo seem to be more suitable options, despite securing lower goal tallies during last season.

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Also, the Watford striker has virtually no experience playing at the top level, which includes challenging for titles domestically and in Europe.

In order to defend their Premier League title and produce a respectable Champions League showing in their first appearance in the competition, the Foxes need a striker, or two, of high quality.

With the ability to offer continental football next season, surely they can attract more recognised and established strikers from the Premier League, if not Europe.


Leicester's move for Deeney could prove to be slightly premature, given the other options present for the Foxes to choose from.

The Watford striker could certainly prove a handy option but might not have the goods to be the main striker for a club looking to challenge for the highest honours in European football.

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