Is Jamie Vardy the best striker in the Premier League?

Is Jamie Vardy the best striker in the Premier League?

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What a weekend for Jamie Vardy. Although his Leicester side were pulled back against Manchester United, in a game that ended 1-1, the English striker broke Ruud van Nisterlrooy’s record for the most goals scored in consecutive matches in the Premier League, with 11 goals on the spin. Whatever the outcome of the season and of Vardy’s career, this will be a highlight.

Vardy now has 14 goals in 14 Premier League games. In honesty had you asked him before the start of the season he’d probably have been more than content with 14 goals in 38 games by the end of the season. Now anything short of 20 goals would probably be a disappointment for the man who leads the goal scoring charts for four goals. Of course all of the celebration of his form must be grounded in the context of his racist outburst this summer, which most publications have been conveniently ignoring.

Aside from that for now, he is the most in form forward in England, far outdoing his English national team rivals, even if he is perhaps not everyones top choice to start in France this summer. But, is he the best forward in the league?

That’s open for discussion. He’s the most in form forward but the top, elite clubs are unlikely to be queuing up to spend big money on Vardy just yet. There have been plenty of examples of prolific seasons from players, such as someone like Kevin Phillips, that haven’t resulted in big moves. Danny Ings got a move to Liverpool though, off the back of a less impressive season than Vardy though but a move to Man United, City or Chelsea seems very unlikely.

Most clubs probably few Vardy as in a great run of form, rather than regarding him as a great forward. That might seem harsh but for him to be lauded as a top striker in the league he’d have to sustain his form over a longer period, at least til the end of the season. If he finishes the year on 20+ goals, which he may well do, then top clubs may not be able to ignore him, simply by virtue of his returns. Right now though you’d be hard pressed to find a Man City fan who’d rather have Vardy than Sergio Aguero.


Amit Singh is the editor of Think Football and contributes for a number of other football websites, follow on twitter @Think_Football