As Jamie Vardy skipped past Chancel Mbemba’s sliding challenge to slot past Rob Elliot, Vardy equalled the Premier League record of scoring in ten consecutive matches. The record is especially astonishing considering that Vardy was playing non-league football just three seasons ago.
Now, to sit atop the Premier League goalscoring charts with thirteen league goals is an amazing accomplishment. Vardy has elevated the entire Leicester City team, as last season they were sitting at the bottom of the Premier League table at this time. With a tough run of fixtures coming up, it is easy to envision Leicester dropping out of the Premier League top four. Also, eventually, Vardy’s hot scoring streak will come to an end. Despite this, to be mentioned with the likes of Ruud Van Nistelrooy is more than a fairytale for Vardy.
At the age of sixteen, Vardy was released by Sheffield Wednesday. With a football career seeming unlikely, Vardy started working in a carbon fiber factory to earn a living. Eventually, Vardy pursued his dream and signed for Stocksbridge Park Steels, in the eighth division of English football. From there, Vardy earned a move to Halifax Town. At that time, Vardy’s manager Neil Aspin claimed that Vardy showed up to training without proper boots. Despite this, in a pre-season friendly, Vardy displayed the same type of play he is becoming known for. His solid touch, rapid pace, and his tenacity in chasing the ball were visible.
Vardy almost single-handedly led Halifax to promotion and earned a move to Fleetwood Town, still a non-league side. After one season at Fleetwood, Vardy earned a move to Leicester.
The rest is history.
Vardy has a fearless attitude on the pitch, shows aggression, and most importantly puts a shift in for his team. He always tries to find space in behind and chases every single clearance, a method which has played a large role in him scoring goals this season. He plays right off the shoulder of defenders and waits for his moment to charge. Defenders find him tough to play against because he constantly turns and changes the entire defense’s shape. Vardy epitomizes the working-class footballer. He plays through the pain, and unlike prima donna footballers, has carried this Leicester team forward.
While Vardy’s discipline record is not perfect, as shown by a casino incident over the summer, his effort on the football pitch cannot be questioned. As a player who has had to earn his chance in the Premier League, he shows just how much every match means to him.