New signing Jamie Vardy is set to provide an extra dynamism for his new club Leicester as they prepare to challenge for promotion next season.
On Friday, Leicester confirmed the capture of Jamie Vardy from Fleetwood Town as they splashed out £1m on the striker who had a fabulous season, scoring 34 goals in total.
Vardy becomes the most expensive purchase from a non-league club, and he was even attracting interest from a host of Premier League sides. For those of you that haven’t heard of him, he’s one to look out for and is set to light up the second tier of English football.
Leicester spent big in the summer of 2011 in search of gaining promotion from the Championship. However, after a disappointing season in which the team finished mid-table, coach Nigel Pearson is at it again. If they are to make their dream a reality, Vardy is sure to play a significant role.
Vardy will bring energy and dynamism
I know what you’re thinking. The guy has netted 30+ goals in the Conference, so what? However, the player has the guile and talent to operate at a level such as the Championship and clearly he’s seen as good enough if £1m has been spent to ship him in.
And as well as his goals, Vardy possesses great pace, impetus and intelligence. Leicester already have several capable forwards in David Nugent, Jermaine Beckford and Darius Vassell – and Vardy will only add to that already impressive frontline.
Where will he fit in?
The Foxes usually play a fluid and offensive 433 system with the wingers tracking back to defend and the midfield trio staying tight and compact. However, with the arrival of Vardy – manager Pearson might be tempted to deploy his new capture on the wide left where he has the ability to cut inside and create as well as link up with the fellow strikers.
As you can see, Marshall and Beckford are just examples but this could prove one good option for Pearson if he was to stick with the 433 formation. Vardy has experience in playing wide, too. Or he could play as a natural striker, where he is used to playing, and could bag more goals there. This would mean one of Beckford, Nugent or Vassell would have to be dropped in place of the 25-year-old Vardy who is always looking to get behind the opposition backline.
This is a 442 system which is a possible, but depends on who Vardy would partner. If Nugent plays upfront with him, then I can see a decent partnership sparking off as Beckford is sometimes lazy and poor in his decision making in the final third.
Obviously there are more systems, but Vardy can adapt to many different offensive formations which again underlines his versatility and ability to switch positions based on the team’s set up.
Is he good enough to make the step up?
If you like at the hitman’s goalscoring records, then you could come to the conclusion that yes he is indeed good enough to make that considerable leap from non-league to the division before the top flight.
The Sheffield-born forward scored 66 goals in 107 appearances for Stocksbridge Park Steels between 2007 and 2010 before switching to Halifax Town where he also found scoring easy with 29 goals in just over 40 appearances in one campaign.
And he kept up his tremendous knack of converting goal scoring chances with Fleetwood Town, too, as he helped fire the Cod Army into the Football League last season scoring 34 times in 36 games. Not bad at all.
Of course, he’ll be up against higher quality of players in the Championship but if one was to go by his past records then you’d be foolish to write him off. Leicester need goals to help them push for promotion, a target that they can realistically reach if they, and Vardy, perform to the standard required next term.
He’ll bring much needed guile, pace, athleticism and most importantly goals to a side that are on the up.
Watch out. Jamie Vardy is ready to light up the Championship stage.