Transfer balls: rubbish Leicester City’s Vardy passes Manchester United and Chelsea test
Transfer balls: Leicester City have “slapped” a £30 million price tag on Jamie Vardy to “ward off interest from Chelsea and Manchester United”.
Because nothing wards off interest from two mega-rich clubs better than by offering them a price tag to consider.
The Telegraph continues its “exclusive” by stating that Vardy’s incredible goalscoring streak – he’s now scored in 11 consecutive Premier League matches – “has attracted the attention of Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo, while United manager Louis van Gaal has not ruled out a move for the 28-year-old.”
He’s some talent spotter that Emenalo, noticing that Vardy is playing superbly. And good of Van Gaal to patronise another side’s player.
We then get some facts:
…with two-and-a-half years remaining on his £40,000-a-week contract, Leicester are in a strong position to hold out for huge money for Vardy, particularly with the shortage of in-form strikers who qualify as home-grown and are free to play in the Champions League.
The Premier League is a procession. Leicester City drew 1-1 with Manchester United in yesterday’s match. They sit above United and Chelsea in the table. We might be celebrating Leicester as a new force in English football, but all we get is drip-fed stories that maybe if their top star’s good enough he can play for a team below them in the league.
In the Mirror, Andy Dunn declares “Jamie Vardy will never have Wayne Rooney’s money or medals – but right now he has something far better”.
He will never have Wayne Rooney’s money, never have his global adulation, never have his caps, his fame, his medals and his honours.
Never have his wife, his kids, his garden, his hangers-oners, his past, his agent…
But he has something the Wayne Rooney of the here-and-now looks a world away from being able to summon up – a remarkable run of gilded form and goal-getting.
This is no modern miracle, this is a footballer who has worked clinically and diligently on his game and is now a bona fide elite performer.
How Dunn thinks Rooney managed to success at England, United and Everton without diligence is not noted.
Having compared one top player past his prime and another in his, Dunn, predictably, gets to the transfer chatter:
… there will be one or two ready to discover Leicester’s valuation of a striker who already has 14 goals this season. The simple truth, also, is that Vardy will want to make the most – not least, financially – out of a high-level career that began late. This is a tidy team he gets paid a tidy sum to play for.
Good of Dunn to read Vardy’s mind and offer him financial advice. Leicester are “tidy” and scoring lots of goals. They are also better than Manchester United, who are dull.
…Leicester are unlikely to finish in the first four and top-half sustainability in the very long term can never be guaranteed.
See: Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.
So best Leicester sell their top players now and save the pain.Whoever called it the glory game never watched football in the Premier League era.