Jamie Vardy – The Premier League’s Most Underrated Marksman

The premier league is arguably one of the top two best leagues in the world when it comes to footballing talents. Some even argue that it is the hardest league in the world and many great players have come to get a taste of the action there and received their accolades or indictments as their performances warranted.

However, there are a lot of great footballers out there who do not get the credit that they deserve and the captain of that list is Jamie Vardy, a striker who has written his name in Premier League history and is a goal away from cementing it.

When you think of the Premier League’s top forwards, the likes of Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Salah spring to mind. Vardy always seems to be an afterthought, but every Leicester City fan knows just how good and lethal he is having led their attacking line-up for the better part of the last 6 years.

He is arguably the most underrated player in the Premier League and the stats are there to back this claim.

Since his arrival to the Premier League in the 2014/2015 season, only 2 other players – Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero have found the back of the net more times than the Sheffield born English Man.

He may be overlooked because he plays for a mid table team, but in the 2015/2016 season, against all odds the marauding front-man led Leicester city to an unprecedented Premier league title, shocking the entire world

That same season he broke Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s premier league scoring streak and set a new scoring streak of 11 games. He also became only the 5th ever player to win back to back Player of the Month awards, having taken home the award for the months of October and November

When he led Leicester City to their first (and probably the only) ever top flight title in their history, he was described as a one season wonder, with many comparing him to a certain Spaniard – Michu of Swansea from a couple of years before (BTW Where’s Michu?)

Well he has gone to prove himself and is on the cusp of joining the exclusive club of players with 100 Premier League goals. He is on the brink of becoming the 29th player to reach the landmark and this feat seemed to have gone unnoticed.

He is also set to become the 12th quickest man to achieve this accomplishment pushing Romelu Lukaku one step down. Lukaku reached the magic number after 216 games and Vardy has 15 games to score and beat him and that is definitely within reach especially when we consider form this season. 

This season, before the Corona Virus pandemic brought all sporting activities to an abrupt halt, the Leicester City number 9 was posting impressive numbers, leading all scorers with 19 goals, using those goals to propel his team to 3rd position. 

As it stands, if the league doesn’t continue, he just might be leading Leicester City’s attack against Europe’s elite again next season and maybe he will start to get the credit and respect he deserves.

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