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Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy

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Vardy back to his best against City!

When Jamie Vardy walked off the pitch on Saturday, the crowd cheered his name. As he waved to the fans, a smile crept across his face; a smile that was a mixture of joy and relief. Jamie Vardy had been on a horrible run. He hadn't scored for 10 Premier League matches (see this week's podcast for a lesson about the past perfect). That horrible run ended last Saturday when Vardy hit a superb hat-trick in Leicester City's 4-2 win against Manchester City.

It was not only a return to form for Vardy, but a return to form for Leicester, too. While Leicester have been playing well in the Champions League, they've been having problems in the Premier League. However, they were back to their counter-attacking best against City and Vardy as well as Riyad Mahrez were at the centre of everything. Leicester went ahead after only three minutes; Mahrez played a wonderful pass to Islam Slimani who set up Vardy for goal number one. The second goal arrived just a minute later, Andy King scored from the edge of the area. After only 20 minutes it was 3-0 when Mahrez played a fantastic pass to Vardy for his second and Leicester were cheered off the pitch at half-time. In the 78th minute, Vardy scored Leicester's fourth and his third when he scored from a very difficult angle after a defensive mistake by John Stones. City scored two consolation goals but they now have only one win in their last five matches while Leicester can start thinking about a brighter New Year.

I am very pleased for Jamie. When he finished, I said 'welcome back'. Leicester manager, Claudio Ranieri.

Did Jamie Vardy win the Premier League for Leicester?

Jamie Vardy scored 24 Premier League goals last season.

Jamie Vardy didn't win the Premier League for Leicester but his 24 goals last season were definitely very important. At the end of the season, Vardy was awarded the Premier League's Player of the Season Award and became a regular international player for England. During the 2015/16 season, he also broke the Premier League record for scoring in consecutive matches. Between August and December 2015 (11 matches), Vardy scored in every Premier League match he played in. Vardy and Leicester definitely took the football world by surprise and, this week, Vardy was named the 8th best player in the world at the prestigious Ballon d'Or awards in Paris. In fact, Vardy has been such a success that Hollywood are getting involved. A film script has been written and filming will begin next year for a movie about Jamie Vardy's life and his success at Leicester.

The script is nearly finished so now they have to get a director in and hire all the actors.  Jamie Vardy speaking about the 'Vardy Movie'.

From part-time player to the Premier League! 

Vardy playing for, a then non-league team, Fleetwood Town.

Vardy's story is one that will inspire any footballer who is playing at a low level and dreams of making it to the Premier League. At the age of 23, Vardy was only earning £30 a week from football, playing for a small local team called Stocksbridge Park Steels in South Yorkshire. His main job was working in a factory in the local area. Vardy started scoring lots of goals in non-league football (more than four divisions lower than the Premier League) and moved to Fleetwood Town. He helped the team into the Football League for the first ever time and became the most expensive footballer in non-league history when Leicester City paid over £1 million for him to join the Foxes. At 25 years old, Vardy was playing professional football for the first time and helped Leicester to promotion to the Premier League in 2014. In Leicester's first season back in the Premier League, Vardy helped Leicester escape relegation when they won six of their final eight games. The following season was a dream as Leicester and Jamie Vardy became Premier League Champions for the first-ever time. 

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What do you think?

Is Jamie Vardy back to his best?

Jamie Vardy went 10 matches without a goal before his hat-trick against Manchester City. 

Why are Leicester City and Jamie Vardy not doing so well this season?

Is it difficult to play in the Premier League and the Champions League? 

Are you surprised that Jamie Vardy was named the 8th best player in the world at the Ballon d'Or awards?

Let us know what you think and answer the questions in the comments section below.

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aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
14/12/2016
ME
6882
points

Leicester are not doing so well this season because now they have to play european matches too. The lack of experience, slightly modified squad compared to last season, current form of players, motivation. 8th best player? Yes, I believe that's fair enough.


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aragorn1986
14/12/2016 14:12
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

Leicester are not doing so well this season because now they have to play european matches too. The lack of experience, slightly modified squad compared to last season, current form of players, motivation. 8th best player? Yes, I believe that's fair enough.

Liubomyr
15/12/2016
UA
4375
points

Leicester is not doing so well this season because of two reasons: they lost their best player N'golo Kante and because their PL opponents used to their counter-attacking style and now they are not giving so much space for their forward players. But it was surprise for me that Manchester City made this mistake last weekend. There was so much space for Vardy that you could think that Pep Guardiola hadn’t seen any of Leicester’s game from last season.


Liubomyr
15/12/2016 11:44
Ukraine
Watford
4375

Leicester is not doing so well this season because of two reasons: they lost their best player N'golo Kante and because their PL opponents used to their counter-attacking style and now they are not giving so much space for their forward players. But it was surprise for me that Manchester City made this mistake last weekend. There was so much space for Vardy that you could think that Pep Guardiola hadn’t seen any of Leicester’s game from last season.

fanatika
15/12/2016
GE
26
points

ok


fanatika
15/12/2016 18:13
Georgia
Chelsea
26

ok

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Riad
15/12/2016
XK
42
points

:P


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Riad
15/12/2016 22:48
Kosovo
Arsenal
42

:P

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Shehriyar Tagiyev
16/12/2016
AZ
38
points

Vardy


Shehriyar Tagiyev's picture
Shehriyar Tagiyev
16/12/2016 07:19
Azerbaijan
Liverpool
38

Vardy

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
16/12/2016
GH
3735
points

I think leicester and vardy are not doing well this season because they have lost the steam they played with last season.


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kwesimanifest
16/12/2016 18:47
Ghana
Manchester United
3735

I think leicester and vardy are not doing well this season because they have lost the steam they played with last season.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
16/12/2016
GH
3735
points

I think its not easy to play in both the premier league and the champions league at the same time. I believe it requires a lot of mental and physical strength to keep up with such performance week-in-week-out.


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kwesimanifest
16/12/2016 18:51
Ghana
Manchester United
3735

I think its not easy to play in both the premier league and the champions league at the same time. I believe it requires a lot of mental and physical strength to keep up with such performance week-in-week-out.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
16/12/2016
GH
3735
points

I was not surprised that Jamie Vardy was named the 8th best player in the world at the Ballon d'Or awards. I believe he merits that position.


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kwesimanifest
16/12/2016 18:52
Ghana
Manchester United
3735

I was not surprised that Jamie Vardy was named the 8th best player in the world at the Ballon d'Or awards. I believe he merits that position.

dejo123
17/12/2016
BA
10
points

Are you surprised that Jamie Vardy was named the 8th best player in the world at the Ballon d'Or awards?


dejo123
17/12/2016 07:56
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Stoke City
10

Are you surprised that Jamie Vardy was named the 8th best player in the world at the Ballon d'Or awards?

assemjuve
21/01/2017
PS
3433
points

I think because they do not have the same spirit they had last year and all the teams are preparing for them before every match.


assemjuve
21/01/2017 11:45
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think because they do not have the same spirit they had last year and all the teams are preparing for them before every match.

assemjuve
21/01/2017
PS
3433
points

I think because they do not have the same spirit they had last year and all the teams are preparing for them before every match.


assemjuve
21/01/2017 11:45
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think because they do not have the same spirit they had last year and all the teams are preparing for them before every match.

assemjuve
21/01/2017
PS
3433
points

I think it is difficult to play in the both competitions because u will need a strong second team that you are going to depend on through the season.


assemjuve
21/01/2017 11:47
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think it is difficult to play in the both competitions because u will need a strong second team that you are going to depend on through the season.

assemjuve
21/01/2017
PS
3433
points

Well,i am a little bit surprised,but he deserves it after leading the foxes to win the premiere league title for the first time in history.


assemjuve
21/01/2017 11:49
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Well,i am a little bit surprised,but he deserves it after leading the foxes to win the premiere league title for the first time in history.

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bac_ho1
26/01/2017
GE
93
points

well done


bac_ho1's picture
bac_ho1
26/01/2017 08:50
Georgia
Arsenal
93

well done

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