Leicester must keep Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy to ensure strong Premier League finish

Mahrez and Vardy

It seems scarcely believable that after 15 games of the Premier League season, it’s the blue of Leicester City that sits at the top of the table and not that of Manchester City or Chelsea.

The latter pair had long been touted as the potential champions and whilst Manuel Pellegrini’s side may well come out on top, you can’t help but admire how Claudio Ranieri’s men have performed.

Key to the Foxes' success is the goalscoring form of Jamie Vardy and the consistent quality of Riyad Mahrez. Both players have had fantastic seasons and are undoubtedly the driving force behind the table-toppers.


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So far this season the pair have contributed 24 goals and eight assists between them, including the well-publicised, record-breaking run of Vardy, who managed to find the back of the net in 11 straight Premier League games.

Against Swansea City on Saturday his run came to an end, but it was Mahrez who stepped up and bagged himself a hat-trick, the first for a Leicester player in the Premier League since Stan Collymore.

And such is the quality of these two players that it is vital they remain together. In January, you can almost guarantee there will be offers for the pair and Ranieri must ensure all bids are turned down.

Vardy owes everything to Leicester and it would be a shame if he left for a ‘bigger’ club - this may be the best chance his side have to push for a European spot and leaving midway through the campaign would scupper that opportunity.

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Turning down money can be difficult for some clubs and with Vardy likely to command in excess of £20 million, such an offer would be hard to ignore. In truth, however, it’s the money that you miss out on, not gain, that's important.

If Vardy left for £20 million, what would the Foxes realistically gain? They’d almost certainly slip down the table in the England international's absence, each position costing the club around £1 million in prize money.

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Last year, Chelsea won £24.7 million in prize money, whereas seventh-placed Southampton earned £17.3 million. Seven places, £7 million.

When you take that from the transfer fee, as well as any sponsorship, shirt sales and, of course, the potential earnings from qualifying for Europe, there is no logical reason to sell him.

Mahrez is in a similar situation. His age, potential and ability make him almost certain to attract attention from other clubs, and if he were to leave Leicester would be losing a player vital to their season ambitions.


If goals are to be scored and indeed achieved, the Foxes' talismanic duo must stay. Leicester can't afford to lose them, contrary to what their price tags might suggest.

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