Little more than four years ago Jamie Vardy was playing non-league football for Fleetwood Town.
Now he’s more ruthless in front of goal than Luis Suarez and Neymar. And we’ve got the stats to back it up.
While it may sound like a vicious bit of mischievous click-bait, Jamie Vardy’s stats this season are scary good. The Leicester striker has bagged 10 Premier League goals in 10 games, half of the Foxes’ total this campaign. Without Vardy’s goals, Leicester would be 10 points worse off, and Claudio Ranieri would be nervously looking over his shoulder just three points above the drop zone.
What’s more impressive is just how clinical Vardy has been during this hot streak. His 10 goals have come from just 41 attempts for Leicester – a conversion rate of 24.4 per cent, and one that rivals some of the best players in England and Spain.
So there you have it. Jamie Vardy: Deadlier in front of goal than Luis Suarez, Neymar and Sergio Aguero.
Now, we’re not saying that Vardy is better than Suarez, Neymar or Aguero – In fact Vardy’s conversion rate drops to 16.9 per cent if you include his attempts and goals from last season as well. The point we’re making is not that Vardy is going to usurp Messi and Ronaldo as one of the world’s greatest players, but rather that while Vardy is on this hot streak punters should be running to take advantage.
Leicester travel to West Brom on Saturday, and while the Baggies have kept four clean sheets in the last six games, their defence has shown signs of crumbling faster than Nick Clegg under pressure. At home West Brom have conceded nine goals (Leicester are the only top flight side with a worse defensive record at home) as they’ve shipped three each against Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea at the Hawthorns.
The Foxes have been involved in a number of high-scoring encounters this season, with an average of 3.7 total goals in each game they play – the highest average in the Premier League, giving Leicester fans plenty of bang for their buck. In four of the Foxes’ five away games there have been three goals or more, and at odds of we’re happy to jump on Jamie Vardy to be among the scorers.
The in-form front man is to open the scoring – something he has done four times already this campaign. It’s also 4/1 for Vardy to score anytime in a Leicester win, and he got a 90th minute winner in this fixture last season to give the Foxes a 3-2 victory. For die-hard Vardy fans it’s that he scores a brace for the third time this season (after Arsenal at home and Southampton away) and it’s that he gets his first Premier League hat-trick.
The last time Vardy got a hat-trick was in Fleetwood’s 6-2 win over Ebbsfleet United in February 2012. How things change…