We’ve all ready seen the stats and the figures, we’ve seen the infamous quote about chatting too many times over. But how relevant will all these things be at the end of the season for Jamie Vardy and Leicester City?
The start of the season had Leicester as second favorites to be relegated. They had lost a midfield lynch pin in Esteban Cambiasso, a new manager was coming in, and you would’ve had more luck betting on Katie Price to actually have a sustainable marriage in 2016, than you would’ve had on Jamie Vardy to be top scorer at Christmas.
Now though, the fantastic Foxes sit on top of the world (and the Premier League table) thanks to the Tinkerman. Claudio Ranieri has found the recipe for free flowing, positive attacking football. Unfortunately for all the pizzerias in Leicester, he hasn’t quite unlocked the key to clean sheets, but Leicester are in dreamland.
He’s smashed Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record, he’s fallen just short of Jimmy Dunne’s all time record set in 1931 of 12 scoring games in a row. But what happens now this magic scoring streak is over?
There have been odd scoring streaks and records in Premier League seasons gone by. Yakubu for Blackburn, Robin Van Persie with 30 in 2012, Michu’s debut season haul of 18. But the common factor? It wasn’t enough for their club to reach their target. Blackburn were relegated, Arsenal fell apart in February (again), and Michu’s career went down the toilet faster than a Neapolitan pizza
Vardy is currently in a purple patch, he’ll need his team mates to pick up the slack when he eventually hits his down patch. Fortunately for him, Leicester have the quality to do that, they’re the only side to score in every one of their Premier League games this season, mainly thanks to Vardy, but assisted by Leonardo Ulloa and Riyad Mahrez. They’re to finish in the top 6, to get into the Champions League, with Vardy himself to finish as Top Goalscorer.