Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been connected to a surprise move to Anfield in January…
Media speculation over the weekend has claimed that Liverpool are one of a number of clubs who are keeping tabs on in-form Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.
ESPN believe the 28-year-old is interesting both the Merseysiders and Tottenham Hotspur, while Eurosport, citing a source in Spain, appear to have completely lost their marbles by suggesting Real Madrid are also in the frame.
The stories coincide with the former Stocksbridge Park Steels and Halifax Town forward scoring for a seventh consecutive Premier League game on Saturday, taking his overall tally for the season to ten goals in ten appearances.
Vardy’s impressive return is only bettered by Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang around Europe’s top five leagues (both have netted 13 times).
It’s also a total that surpasses the nine goals Liverpool have managed as a whole club in the league so far this season.
The forward, who Leicester paid Fleetwood Town £1m for in May 2012, finished his debut Premier League campaign last term with five goals.
Vardy’s performances, as the Foxes narrowly avoided relegation, were deemed sufficient by Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson to warrant a first senior England call-up in May and he has subsequently earned four caps.
Away from the pitch, the player endured a difficult summer after a video of him repeatedly using a racial slur at a casino surfaced.
Vardy, who was consequently fined and placed on an educational course by Leicester, described the incident as a ‘regrettable error of judgement’.
Is this an April Fools story? I know the clocks went back at the weekend but I thought it was only by an hour and not a whole six months! Vardy is a decent player but the game is all about levels and I cannot see how his acquisition would improve us in any way, shape or form. Despite his incredible current run, I actually don’t see him as an out-and-out striker or a natural finisher. His pace and directness is probably best utilised from wide areas and, although we lack width at present, I’d rather see a specialist in that position purchased, Jordan Ibe given more game time or simply wait for Lazar Markovic to return from loan. Don’t get me wrong; I really admire Vardy’s story and his tenacity on a football pitch but a move to Liverpool? Get real! And before you say it, yes Rickie Lambert did enjoy a similar career path but look how that worked out for both parties!
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