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Should clubs be willing to spend big on Jamie Vardy?

Jamie Vardy celebrates. Image taken from footyjokes.co.uk

Currently injured Jamie Vardy has defied expectations, broken records and carried last season’s relegation candidates to bouts at the top of the league. He’s setting the Premier League alight.

Leicester bought Jamie Vardy from non-league Fleetwood Town for 1million, and it’s reported that his current worth is 4million.

With his 29th birthday approaching fast, is he going to get a big money move to a big club, if so, how much for? Is it too late to spend big to acquire his services now?

Jamie Vardy celebrates. Image taken from footyjokes.co.uk

Jamie Vardy celebrates. Image taken from footyjokes.co.uk

If Vardy can break Premier League records with a team that has a spine from the Championship, what could he do with the service of Ozil or David Silva? And how much does that make him worth?

Most would put an in-form Vardy in the region of 30 – 40 million, so where are the bidders? What is stopping Chelsea swooping in for a 30 million bid?

To be a striker, you need three key attributes, movement, a good first touch, and finishing. To be a complete striker, you need to add dribbling, complimented by pace. Vardy has all of this.

Whilst Vardy has proven to possess these qualities, pace and agility always go, and at the age of 28, it makes it an imminent problem.

But should his age alone be deterring big clubs from investing? Should this mean that Vardy’s price tag stops souring at a 10 – 15 million mark? Or would he be able to mature into a fox in the box, a Giroud or Dzeko type striker and work without pace?

Giroud has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season. Image taken from eurosport.com

Giroud has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season. Image taken from eurosport.com

You can be a top quality striker when pace goes, and he’s already proven to be intelligent enough to utilize his positioning and movement to produce goals, and with better training and fitness facilities, complimented by his tenacious attitude to the game, surely he’ll be able to carry on to into his early thirties.

Vardy is constantly tipped by fans to be a one season wonder, maybe due to his age and to the growing feeling that Leicester will inevitably fade out of the title race.

A gimmicky image of a classic English lad has attached itself to Vardy, when there should be nothing but praise.

Jackson Martinez, 29, went to La Liga’s current league leaders Atletico Madrid from FC Porto in the summer for 35 million euros, and he’s scored 3 goals this season next to Vardy’s 15.

Jackson Martinez signed for Atletico Madrid in the summer. Image taken from worldsoccertalk.com

Jackson Martinez signed for Atletico Madrid in the summer. Image taken from worldsoccertalk.com

Martinez was also linked to premier league clubs like Arsenal for figures upwards of 25 million.

This all looks a bit silly now, and points to a possibility of some kind of warped exotic perception and of foreign players, a kind of culture bias. If Jamie Vardy was called James Vardinho and was slotting away goals in La Liga, would more clubs be looking to spend the same as Atletico did for Martinez?

If Vardy was scoring these goals at Tottenham or Liverpool, would he be getting considered by Real Madrid and Bayern Munich? Is the fact that he’s playing for the less sexier Leicester City detrimental to his chances a 40 million bid from Manuel Pellegrini? The big clubs just continue to put faith in the big name players like Depay and Firmino, but what have they done that Jamie Vardy hasn’t?

People often make light of the fact that he was at Conference Premier Side Fleetwood Town only four years ago, but he performed there, and is he’s performing now, what does this say about goal scoring at different levels?

The role of a striker doesn’t change throughout the leagues, it’s the simplest job on the pitch, and if you can do it in the conference, what’s stopping you doing it at the highest level. Professional scouts should probably have seen this coming with Vardy, and teams should be looking to pay big.

Maybe the exotic distraction of South American flair players work against players like Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin, players who simply do a job and do it well. Is Vardy worth the risk, and should the big clubs be willing to spend big?

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