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A man who scored twice for Leicester against Bournemouth last time out to take his Premier League tally to 83 goals in 180 games for the Foxes.
In that time, the former non-league striker has become an England international – scoring against Wales at the European Championships – as well as a Premier League winner and a Champions League quarter-finalist.
It’s safe to say that the 32-year-old has been one of the best forwards in the Premier League in recent years.
However, Vardy’s knack of finding the net took a while to warm up, to say the least.
It was his first taste of life in the top-flight, and Vardy’s slow start should resonate with another forward of similar ilk who has also began life in the Premier League at a snail’s pace – Che Adams.
Similar to Vardy with his undoubted pace and tendency to run the channels, Adams and Southampton must take inspiration from the Leicester star and use his journey as reason to be patient.
Adams scored 22 Championship goals last season, whereas Vardy hit 16 in his last campaign in the second tier before becoming a Premier League player, whilst the £15m man is also nine years younger than the Premier League winner – all the reasons for Southampton to remain patient with Adams are present.
It is surely only a matter of time before the former Birmingham man’s top-flight career takes off.