Yiannis Bouranis writes about Leicester City’s striker, Jamie Vardy, who made history in the Foxes’ home game against Manchester United on Saturday, as he became the first player to score in 11 successive Premier League matches.
In 2011, Jamie Vardy was playing in non-league football for Fleetwood Town at Gateshead’s International Stadium in front of 768 people.
Four years later, he managed to become the new face of the English football by breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive games.
The Englishman is in a tremendous form this season, having scored 14 goals and his next target is to break the Premier League record of 31 league goals in a season.
Vardy started his impressive run on August 29th, when he scored against Bournemouth and then did the same in Leicester’s games against Stoke, Aston Villa, Arsenal, Norwich, Southampton, West Bromwich, Crystal Palace, Watford, Newcastle and Manchester United, respectively.
Thanks to his extraordinary performance, his team is one point behind the league leaders Manchester City, whereas exactly one year ago, they were bottom of the table and were favourites for relegation.
For his part, Van Nistelrooy, in the wake of the goal that eclipsed his own achievement, tweeted: “Well done, Vardy. You’re number one now and you deserved it. 11 in a row.”
Vardy’s record also attracted the attention of the national team’s manager, Roy Hodgson, with the Englishman making his first appearance with the national team in May.
Now, six months later, his presence in the England squad for next summer’s European Championship finals in France is almost certain, while there are already signs he will be given a chance to play for his country as a centre forward.
Vardy has already linked with a move to Real Madrid and other top European clubs, like Manchester United and Chelsea, however he has already mentioned he is not willing to leave his current team.
Instead, he has his sights set on scoring another goal at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday to equal the all-time top-flight record, which was set by Sheffield United’s Jimmy Dunne during the 1931‑32 season.
And, certainly, he is perfectly capable of doing this.