One of the most astonishing subplots to an enthralling Premier League season so far has been the fairytale rise of current table-toppers, Leicester City.
The Foxes were not given much hope ahead of the campaign, with the appointment of journeyman manager Claudio Ranieri not inspiring the masses to believe that the King Power Stadium outfit would have a successful campaign.
Fast forward a couple of months and Leicester have exceeded even their supporters’ wildest dreams by topping the Premier League table after 15 games.
The Italian manager has instilled a real team ethic at the club, while Riyad Mahrez has been a star for the club on the flanks.
However, it is hard to look past the breath-taking form of Jamie Vardy in Leicester’s ascent, with the sprightly forward becoming one of the land’s most-feared centre forwards. It has been the 28-year-old’s goals, 14 in total, that have fired Ranieri’s men up the table and propelled the striker into the limelight. Vardy’s story of maturing in non-league football to leading the Premier League’s scoring charts and becoming an England international is a heartwarming one.
The pacey forward even managed to surpass Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record for goals in consecutive Premier League games, aptly completing the feat against the Dutchman’s former team Manchester United.
Vardy’s incredible form has led to widespread speculation over his future, with Leicester keen to tie him down to a new contract but the likes of United thought to be interested in the attacker.
As such, the centre forward has a real decision to make over just where he will play his football in upcoming campaigns and whether he is ready to leave his current employers.
Should United come in for the Englishman, rejecting a switch to Old Trafford would be a difficult proposition.
The Red Devils are undergoing a rebuilding process under Louis van Gaal and despite not being at their former levels of glory, remain one of the most historic clubs in the world game.
United are lacking in flair in the final third this year, with an over-reliance on Anthony Martial to get goals for a misfiring side.
Despite Vardy’s introduction potentially serving as a shot in the arm for the Manchester club, there are reasons why the England international would be best served where he is.
The 28-year-old’s style of play is similar to that of Martial and as such it is likely that he would be in direct competition for the number nine role with the former Monaco man should be move to United.
Van Gaal’s charges look destined to reinforce their squad in repeated upcoming transfer windows and as such Vardy would certainly not be guaranteed a starting berth at the club should he move there.
At Leicester, who are ahead of the Red Devils on the table currently, the Englishman is a cult figure, the main attacking weapon and a player that can achieve his club and national ambitions despite not being at one of England’s ‘biggest’ clubs.
As such, should Van Gaal, United and tens of millions of pounds coming knocking this January, Vardy would be advised to make brace decision and stay just where he is.