Leicester City journalist Rob Tanner has been sharing his thoughts on Foxes striker Jamie Vardy, his future at the Midlands club and a potential future replacement for him.
This comes after Tanner made an appearance on a recent episode of The Athletic’s Ornstein & Chapman Podcast where he spoke about a number of topics concerning Brendan Rodgers’ side.
On the subject of Vardy and his future with the club, Tanner had this to say on the matter. (24.01)
He said: “I mean, Jamie’s 34, he’s got another year or two they think, but obviously, I think his role will be reduced, he won’t be able to play the amount of games. I mean, he’s been playing with this groin issue for such a long time now and it has affected him, it has taken that little bit of zip from his play away.
“He’s changed his game to be more of a link player and the provider as much as anything these days, but yeah, they want somebody that’s going to run in behind, somebody who’s got pace.
“I mean, there’s no other Jamie Vardy, they can’t find another Jamie Vardy, but he’s got to be somebody with those sort of traits that can get in behind, stretch the play, create the space for the likes of [James] Maddison, those little pockets of space in front of the back four, that’s the sort of striker they’re looking for.”
Leicester signed Vardy back in 2012 from Fleetwood Town for a fee of £1.12 million. Since then, the 34-year-old, who is currently valued at £9 million, has gone on to make 351 appearances for the Foxes across all competitions in which he has managed to score 145 goals and provide 61 assists along the way.
TIF Thoughts on Rob Tanner’s comments on Vardy and his future with Leicester…
Given how long Vardy has been at the club, how many goals he has scored and what he has achieved there, it’s safe to say he has been a massive part of the club’s success in recent years and should be regarded as a club hero, in our view.
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However, taking his age into consideration and the fact that he has had a groin issue that Tanner mentioned in the podcast, it would also make sense for the club to start considering who they think should be the person to come in and replace the Englishman.
With the club being previously linked with a move for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, it will be intriguing to see whether or not Leicester decide to sign a striker this summer or wait another year or two until Vardy eventually leaves.