In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast ahead of the London Football Awards, Tony Cottee has sung the praises of Jamie Vardy, naming him among the best forwards in the Premier League.
The former Leicester striker, who also represented England during his time as a player, spoke highly of what Vardy has managed to do during his career: “If you look at what Jamie’s achieved since he arrived from Fleetwood, he’s been absolutely fantastic.
“I think he’s got 100 goals now for Leicester, he’s got goals in the Premier League, they won the Premier League title, he’s played for England and scored for England.”
Vardy is now 32 years old, but there is no sign of the striker slowing down in front of goal, with his hat-trick in the record-breaking 9-0 victory over Southampton taking his total to nine goals in 10 Premier League games this season, which puts him top of the scoring charts.
As a fellow goal-getter, Cottee has shown plenty of appreciation for what Vardy has done this campaign, as he has played an integral part in the Foxes reaching their current position of third: “I’ve really enjoyed watching him this season, some of his goals have been excellent.
“I know he’s announced his retirement from England but he’s still banging the goals in for Leicester and Leicester have got a genuine chance of getting into the top six this year.”
Cottee was wary of going as far as to call Vardy world-class, but confidently named him among the Premier League’s best: “It’s hard to judge a player and say they’re a world-class striker because you’re comparing them with various players like Messi, Ronaldo, Lewandowski and people like that, Harry Kane, but, Jamie for me is one of the top strikers in the Premier League and has been for the last four or five years.”
In 281 games for Leicester, Vardy has now amassed 116 goals and 46 assists, so it is easy to see why Cottee rates him so highly.
Tony Cottee was speaking as a judge on The London Football Awards, due to take place on 5th March 2020 at Camden’s Roundhouse. Tickets are available from https://