Can Jamie Vardy finally win Premier League Golden Boot?: Leicester assessment

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City (Photo by Visionhaus)
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City (Photo by Visionhaus) /
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Jamie Vardy of Leicester City (Photo by Visionhaus)
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City (Photo by Visionhaus) /

Jamie Vardy is the Premier League’s leading goalscorer after finding the net 19 times this season. But can Leicester City’s striker win the Golden Boot?

Before the delay to the football season due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy led the way in the goalscoring charts; he’s two ahead of second-placed Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Right now, Vardy is one finish away from joining the 100 Premier League goal club.

However, until the Foxes eased past Aston Villa 4-0 before the suspension of the campaign, Vardy had not scored since the 3-1 defeat at Manchester City around Christmas.

Speaking ahead of Leicester City’s fixture at Watford, Brendan Rodgers has discussed his striker’s fitness levels despite being 33-years-old:

"“He looks great, hungry. All the players have come back in a really good condition and he, like the rest of them, looks very sharp and explosive. Give him another three weeks and he’ll be right up to speed I’m sure.”"

Premier League history with Leicester City

Vardy has managed over 15 league goals in four of his six seasons in the top flight, including his 24 when the Foxes won the Premier League. After a quieter 2016/17 season, the talisman replied in fine fashion by scoring 20 league goals under Claude Puel.

With the style of play not identical to the 2015/16 campaign, Vardy has continued to find the net and thrive against the traditional ‘top 6’.

Earlier this season, he scored 11 goals in seven league games as City stormed into second place in the league table. With the variety of finishes on display, Vardy finds himself ahead of his fellow goalscorers.

Last season in the final nine games, Vardy grabbed nine goals after only scoring nine goals in the previous 28 games. If the Foxes striker can replicate his end of season form this time around, he will certainly pick up the Golden Boot.