When you think of English football and their top scorers nowadays it is the names like Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling that pop out at you. However, what about that of Jamie Vardy? Vardy is quickly becoming an absolute sensation, having recorded 12 goals in 12 games so far during the Premier League season. Yet, the most amazing thing about Vardy is how far he has come as a footballer.
At 16, Vardy was released from Sheffield Wednesday’s academy, after being told he was “too small” and not physically capable to play professional football. He thought his career as a footballer was over, having lost the love for the game. In 2007, Vardy made the decision to join Stocksbridge Park Steels F.C., earning 30 Euros a week. He also had to work as a technician making medical splints to help pay the bills. Vardy quickly started to excel of playing in the lower levels of English Football, using his blazing fast speed and deadly striking skills to gain popularity. After being in the eighth level of English Football, Vardy went up to the sixth level and continued to excel, scoring 34 goals in 40 games for Fleetwood Town. Then Vardy made history becoming the most expensive non-league signing in English Football history, getting transferred to Leicester City (at that time a Championship club) for a record 1 million Euros. Vardy struggled heavily in his first year at Leicester City, scoring only five goals and once again receiving heavy criticism. Vardy contemplated giving up the game as a profession, but his manager Nigel Pearson never gave up on Vardy, urging him to stick with it.
Vardy would go on to lead Leicester City to the top of the table of the Championship in only his second season with the club. Vardy was named Player of the Year by his teammates and club, and his dream was finally fulfilled as Leicester City and was promoted to the Premier League. The first season saw him as a distributor, setting up his teammates and helping Leicester climb out of relegation by going on an incredible run during the last quarter of the Premier League season. Despite Vardy having a rather successful season, he did it in a quiet manner and was still relatively unknown to many Premier League fans.
Then rather suddenly, in August of 2015 Vardy exploded. As previously mentioned, Vardy is the Premier League’s top scorer for this season at the moment and currently has recorded at least one goal in nine consecutive matches. On Nov. 21, Jamie Vardy can potentially join Ruud Van Nistelrooy as the second ever to score a goal in 10 consecutive matches in Premier League history. However, Vardy is much more pleased with his team’s accomplishments. Leicester City is currently 3rd in the Premier League and on pace for their best season ever in the Premier League.
Vardy has also been called up to the English National Team on several occasions, but has yet to record a goal on the international stage. Regardless, at the age of 28 years-old, Vardy still has much to offer in football, and will likely be looking for a payday much larger than 30 Euros a week come the end of the 2015-16 Premier League season.