There has been some Jamie Vardy transfer news. Everton are being linked with making a move for the England international as they look for reinforcements in the striking department for the new season. I strongly doubt Leicester will be interested in selling Vardy so are Everton really interested or expecting to make serious progress towards a deal? Chelsea are said to be keeping a keen eye on developments too.
We take a look at the likelihood of a transfer and Jamie Vardy’s profile.
Nationality: 17 caps 6 goals
Reported Transfer Fee: £40mil
2016/17 League Stats: 33 starts (2 sub appearances) 13 goals (5 assists)
Both Jamie Vardy and Leicester suffered an inevitable hangover from their unlikely Premiership triumph last season. However as the season drew to a close and Craig Shakespeare took charge, Leicester’s form improved and so did Vardy’s. In the second half of the season he proved himself as a top Premiership striker. He looks to have continued that form into the new season…
Vardy was the subject of strong interest from Arsenal last summer after his displays and contribution to Leicester’s title win. However he rejected the move, instead deciding to stay at Leicester. Signaling his loyalty to the club which plucked him out of non-league and gave him his big break.
This summer both Everton and Chelsea have been linked with moves. However I doubt the chances of either managing to secure a deal.
Everton have been very active this summer, bringing in Pickford, Martina, Keane, Klaassen, Rooney and Ramirez. It also looks like Sigurdsson and Vlasic will join before the transfer deadline. Overall their business looks decent but there’s still weaknesses in the squad. None more important than the lack of an obvious 20 goal+ a season striker.
Barcelona graduate Sandro Ramirez did very well last season with Malaga scoring 14 league goals in 28 appearances in La Liga. Whilst they also have the talented England youth internationals Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman. However all are still young and very raw. They will need help to replace the goals lost with the sell of Lukaku as all have limited Premiership experience.
Lukaku scored 25 and assisted 6 times which is exactly half of Everton’s league goals last season. That’s a lot of goals they need to replace. Sigurdsson should contribute whilst Rooney’s return should bring some goals but it’s still unclear if he will be seen as a primary striker or more of a ‘number 10’. He’s never fully convinced when the goal burden has rested on him nor when he has played as the advanced, lone striker, especially in recent seasons.
Rooney has arguably only had two really prolific seasons in thirteen at Man Utd so I’m unconvinced that he can score the goals Everton need. With the young talent coming through at Goodison the future looks bright but this season, they still currently look short.
Even taking into account the new additions and the young prospects it’s still not clear where Everton’s goals are going to come from. Everton look stacked in the attacking midfield area but short on out-and-out goal scorers.
If Everton are serious about breaking into the top 4, they need at the very least one top striker.
Vardy would fairly comfortably walk into the current Everton team in my opinion. He fits the description of what they are missing. Whether he would be prepared to join is another matter though.
I’m sure he would score goals wherever he went but Leicester’s deep style and space they naturally create for their strikers to run into and expose behind opposition defences plays straight to Vardy’s strengths. Everything is set-up for him perfectly at Leicester, why would he walk away from that for Everton?
Vardy would be a good addition to most squads in the Premiership and has shown he can still make an impact even coming off the bench for England. However is he really going to be happy with that week in, week out? I doubt it.
That makes me sceptical that he would join Chelsea either. He would be far from a guaranteed to starter, with only one striking position usually up for grabs. Expensive new signing Morata would be waiting to compete. At best Vardy would be used in rotation but I think he’d struggle to withhold Morata in the long-term once the Spaniard is settled in England. He wouldn’t have anywhere near as important a role as he currently enjoys at Leicester regardless.
His England ambitions could be effected if he stopped featuring regularly domestically too. He’s far from guaranteed to make future squads despite proving himself a useful addition and scoring some important goals from limited opportunities. Kane and Rashford look like the future going forward whilst there’s also Sturridge and Defoe competing for squad places. At the moment Vardy looks about 4th choice for Southgate (although I’d have him above Sturridge) So it wouldn’t take much for him to get pushed out.
I just can’t see him leaving Leicester. He shares such an important piece of history with the club and possibly one of the greatest underdog stories of sport. No-one epitomised the story more than Vardy. I feel it would have to be a really special offer for him to even consider accepting it.
Most of the Leicester squad were rewarded with large contracts after their triumph so it’s doubtful money will be a driving factor. If he’s happy and comfortable at Leicester he won’t see any reason to move.
He could also find it hard to turn his back on the hero-like status he enjoys at Leicester.
The fact Vardy turned down Arsenal last season convinces me all the more. I’m not sure Everton would be a big enough step-up for him to consider such a move right now. Whilst he won’t enjoy a prominent role at Chelsea. If he was going to leave Leicester Arsenal would have been the more understandable option as he would have had the opportunity to play for a Champion League team (at the time) and he would have had a serious chance of staking a claim as their main striker (Sanchez plays just behind)
Vardy bucks a trend amongst many modern day footballers of lacking loyalty. He and Leicester have been through a lot together. I’m confident he’ll stay.
What do you think, will he stay at Leicester? Could he move? Have your say below…