Another week, another goal for Jamie Vardy. The Leicester City striker may have seen red in Sunday’s draw with West Ham but his dismissal should not stop Claudio Ranieri’s men from wrapping up the most unexpected of Premier League titles.
And what a season it has been for the former non-league striker. If the Foxes keep their heads and claim the title then no one - not even Riyad Mahrez - deserves it more.
But, with all due respect, Leicester are not the most glamorous of clubs. They lack the riches and wealth of both Manchester clubs and the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, suggesting enough financial muscle may be enough for other teams to sign their best players.
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If he can be snared, Vardy could represent a Robin van Persie-esque signing. With Arsenal and Manchester United in need of more firepower, his acquisition could prove crucial in determining who wins the title next season.
Several star performers have emerged at Leicester this year - Wes Morgan, Robert Huth and Danny Drinkwater amongst them - but Vardy has stood head and shoulders above the rest with his goals driving the Foxes closer and closer to the prize.
His strike against the Hammers was clinically taken and means he has now scored 22 league goals, two less than top scorer Harry Kane and the same as Sergio Aguero of Manchester City.
On top of that, Vardy has also clocked up six assists - more than last year’s PFA Player of the Year, Eden Hazard, has managed - and also scored against both Germany and the Netherlands during the most recent international break.
VAN PERSIE 2.0?
Despite City winning the league title in 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson’s capture of Van Persie in the same summer swung the pendulum United’s way, the former Arsenal striker signing in a controversial deal worth £24 million.
And what an addition he proved to be. His goals and performances saw the Old Trafford club secure a 20th league title and gave Ferguson the perfect parting gift as he made way for the much-maligned David Moyes.
Van Persie faded under Moyes and struggled to replicate his best form for compatriot Louis van Gaal, but his value was justified in his first season at the club alone.
Vardy could emulate the Dutchman in signing and winning the title for whoever he goes to. A short-term fix, but a good one at that.
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