This season’s biggest surprise has undoubtedly been the story of Leicester City. After starting the year of 2015 bottom of the Premier League, four points from safety, it appeared that only a miracle could have saved the Foxes from relegation. Now they sit top of the Premier League table, and one man who has played a massive role in this revolution is Jamie Vardy.
At the start of August, Vardy was a massive outsider to win the Premier League Golden Boot at 500/1 with some betting agencies. With only 14 games to go, he is the league’s top scorer with 18 goals, a tally that also means he has scored more goals in a single top flight season than any Leicester player in Premier League history.
This was not the only part of Vardy’s form that led to him being linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea. In November, Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s 12-year-old record of most consecutive Premier League games scored in, when he netted in his 11th consecutive match after scoring past Manchester United.
This has quite rightly led to Leicester offering the Englishman a new contract at the club, but he should think hard before choosing whether to sign it or not. At the age of 29, this could be Vardy’s last chance to sign for one of Europe’s biggest clubs before they consider him too old.
Vardy was linked with a move to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City during the January transfer window, but with Leicester flying high in the Premier League, a move was never likely to materialise. When the summer comes around, these clubs may come in for the former Fleetwood man, and he may feel the time is right to move.
It is unlikely that Leicester can repeat this incredible form next season, so a move may be Vardy’s only chance of playing for a team who can challenge for a top four finish consistently is to leave. If he were to sign a new contract, it is likely that he would miss out on a move this summer, and by the time the next transfer window comes around, he will be 30 years of age. Very few top clubs sign players once they pass 30.
There is no doubting that he has the goal scoring pedigree to be successful at a top club, and it will come down to whether he has the ambition to play for a top European club.