Even though many optimistic Leicester City fans admittedly approached the start of the 2015/16 campaign with a fair degree of positivity on board, very few could have foreseen the Foxes’ monumental rise amid the English top-flight this season.
Several first team players have performed out of their skin down at the King Power Stadium thus far, the Foxes faithful are quite understandably evaluating each upcoming match with more and more confidence with every passing week, and manager Claudio Ranieri has seemingly retaken to the Premier League far more successfully than most initially envisaged.
However, with the January transfer window fast approaching for those in the top tier of English football this season, the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly circling Leicester’s Jamie Vardy with a view to bringing the record-breaking striker on board this season.
So then, should the Foxes simply do everything within their power to hold onto the in-form front-man in 2015/16, or would Leicester City actually benefit in the long-run with the quick-fire sale of Jamie Vardy this winter?
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Well, as the goal-scoring Englishman has arguably gone down as the greatest standout player of the season so far, most Leicester City fans reading this particular article would likely dismiss the thought of their club parting ways with Vardy in any upcoming transfer window rather immediately.
The Foxes simply wouldn’t be enjoying their remarkable stint at the top of the Premier League table if it hadn’t of been for the 28-year-old’s exploits this term, and most would deem Claudio Ranieri somewhat of a madman for even contemplating the potential sale of his in-form striker this January.
When it comes to running directly at defenders inside the final third, maintaining an impressive sense of composure in one-on-one situations – and evidently scoring goals at a pretty decent rate to say the very least – Jamie Vardy is a player who has ultimately taken the Premier League by storm this season.
However, should the plucky Foxes receive anything close to the £30million price-tag currently languishing above the striker’s head this winter, maybe the King Power faithful could well be tempted to change their previously immovable view…
Let’s face it – although the former Stocksbridge Park Steels man has certainly won over most of his doubters this season – stubborn question-marks still nonetheless surround the front-man’s ability to produce the goods in upcoming Premier League campaigns. Vardy hardly set the English game alight throughout the course of last term after all, so perhaps the Leicester City hierarchy must consider their options before making any final calls this January.
If the likes of Manchester United or Chelsea somehow see fit to splash £30million on the emerging Englishman in 2015/16, the Foxes should possibly take the money and run. It would have to go down as an incredible amount for a player who could easily turn out to be little more than a one-season-wonder. Jamie Vardy is already fast approaching his thirties, and arguably doesn’t possess the same level of technical ability as teammate Riyad Mahrez.
Yet, as very few Leicester City fans would actually entertain such an idea on the back of their amazing season with Vardy himself at the forefront, this particular transfer story seemingly remains a non-starter. Any team willing to pay £30 million for the services of a 28-year-old in this day and age would arrive as somewhat of a rarity anyway.
Should one of the Premier League’s title hopefuls nonetheless be feeling desperate this January however, then Leicester City must at least consider the prospect of selling Jamie Vardy for such an extortionate amount, even if it is used to help stabilise the club in the long-run if nothing else.