Leicester City are putting this season’s title contenders under some pressure with their flurry of impressive performances. As the table stands, they sit in third place, just two points behind leaders Manchester City. Their most recent result was a draw against Everton but the Foxes have come out on top against the likes of Chelsea, Spurs and even the league leaders Man City in previous games.
Jamie Vardy is currently the joint-third highest scorer in the Premier League this season with 11 goals, level with Bruno Fernandes and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Only Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah have scored more times so far, as per BBC Sport.
But at 34, some questions are being raised over Vardy’s ability to carry on his clinical displays at the top level. Rob Lee spoke to Football FanCast about the England international and who he thinks, if anyone, could eventually fill his shoes at Leicester.
“I think Brendan Rodgers knows that Vardy can’t go on forever,” the pundit said. “Although Jamie probably thinks he can – at the moment, (the way) he’s still going!”
Indeed, Leicester fans will be dreading the day that their star striker decides to hang up his boots at the King Power Stadium. According to Transfermarkt, Vardy has contributed 143 goals and 57 assists in his 330 appearances for the Foxes in his career.
His output will be sorely missed when he eventually leaves the club and Lee believes that Danny Ings could be a good option to bring in to replace him. 90min recently reported that the Midlands outfit are keeping a watchful eye on the Southampton forward, who has notched seven goals and three assists in 14 Premier League games this season.
“He [Rodgers] will be looking for a replacement for Vardy because that’s what you have to do and yes, Ings can do what Vardy does.”
The 28-year-old Ings has seriously impressed since his torrid days of injury at Liverpool. Clinton Morrison recently waxed lyrical about Ings, lauding him as a “first-class” player and comparing him to Robbie Keane.
He would certainly be a very exciting signing for Leicester if talks move beyond their initial stages.
Ings reportedly has his eyes on a potential move to play Champions League football so if the Foxes can secure a top-four finish, they could well be a serious contender to sign the England international.
Ing’s relationship with Rodgers, the man who took him to Liverpool, could also make The Foxes an interesting proposition for the striker if he does look to leave Southampton.
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