Jamie Vardy cannot be considered a Premier League great despite his goalscoring record

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On November 28, Jamie Vardy has the chance to become a record holder in the Barclays Premier League for goals scored in consecutive games.

A record held by Manchester United's prolific goalscorer Ruud van Nistelrooy, in the 2003/04 season, Vardy has equalled the feat of scoring in ten consecutive games for Leicester City, yet fans remain hesitant to hold the striker in the same high regards of past Premier League greats.

Perhaps he is yet to capture the imagination of English supporters, who see him as a one-hit wonder, but whilst the England international has been in spectacular form of late, we need only look back on previous campaigns to see why some see this as temporary form.


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Last season, Vardy scored five goals in 34 appearances. In the 2013/14 campaign, where Leicester were in the Championship, he struck 16 times and helped steer Leicester back into the top flight of English football.

As a result of such average form previously, perhaps 13 goals in 13 games this season points merely to an excellent run of form, but nothing more than that.

He is not young, either. At 28, Vardy sits in the category of players we can presume are at the peak of their careers; they are unlikely to get much better.

It's a shame really that such rich form has hit Vardy, who played non-League football for much of his career, in the latter stages of his career rather than earlier.

Regardless, it's impossible to name Vardy as one of the Premier League's greatest strikers despite the incredible record he is set to claim. Take a moment to consider those regarded as greats: Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and the aforementioned Nistelrooy.

These are strikers who consistently topped the goalscoring charts season after season, and whilst none of them managed to accomplish what Vardy could this weekend - which is something he can take much pride in - there's simply no comparison.

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