What Will Happen If Jamie Vardy Leaves?
Leicester have had an absolutely terrific season. There is no questioning that. Relegation candidates at the start of the season, to Premier League champions. Their story is unparalleled. But like with so many teams who have good seasons, their top players get poached. Leicester have recently received a £20 million bid for Jamie Vardy, who finished the season on 24 goals. The two most important things about the transfer in my mind, are. Will he suit Arsenal? And where does that leave Leicester?
The ambition behind Wegner’s bid very much goes against his history. Vardy would become only the fourth players that the Gunners have spent £20 million on. At 29 he is also older than most of the players Wegner usually goes for. This could well point to a final season in charge for the Frenchman.
In terms of whether or not he would be right for Arsenal is also still up for debate. The forward thrived for Leicester last season, but Arsenal have a completely different style of play. Vardy is, however, very much at his peak and having just been called up for England at the European championships, this could be his last chance at a ‘big club.’
There must be some faith that Vardy will suit Arsenal’s style of play, as why else would Wegner make a bid in the first place? Fans and pundits were lamenting the lack of a ’20 goal a season’ striker at the club last season. With Vardy, they might have finally found it.
Leicester’s number nine is currently contemplating all his options, with the club reportedly matching the offer from Arsenal. Any contract he does sign is likely to be worth somewhere in the region of £120,000 per week.
If Vardy leaves Leicester it could be devastating. He has been an emblem of the club this season along with Riyad Mahrez and N’golo Kante. The fear is that if the Englishman leaves, the others will soon follow suit. The 2016/17 season was always going to be strange for Leicester. It will be hard to set realistic targets after overachieving so dramatically last season.
In terms of the starting line-up, unless the club signs a new striker, it will be Leanardo Ulloa who makes the step up. In Leicester first season in the league, he was the man who led the line for the Foxes. However, last time around he only managed six goals, with most of those coming off the bench. He would be expected to lead the line alongside Shinji Okazaki.
No matter where Vardy does go it might not make much of an impact on the foxes. Currently they are tipped to go down, as well as win the title. No matter what happens he has been a fantastic servant to the club.