There is no one who fits the title of Mr Leicester City better than Jamie Vardy. Over the last nine years, Vardy has been the Foxes’ evergreen talisman. Nevertheless, this season has shown that the 36-year-old is finally on the decline. Whilst the striker has only scored three times in the league this season, the passion and desire is still there as his recent interview highlights.
Recently, Vardy carried out an interview with TalkSPORT opening up about how he feels about the club’s current plight. Speaking to Darren Bent, he said that staying up would be an even greater achievement than winning the FA Cup or the Premier League. He also admitted that the situation is “hurting on a personal level” and vowed to give his “utmost to try and help the team”.
Interestingly, Vards revealed that he couldn’t put a finger on what has gone so wrong for both him and Leicester City this year. What probably hurts more for Vardy is that he knows he isn’t the same player he was a few years ago. Whilst still lethal on his day, it is evident the Englishman has lost a yard of pace, and until recently it seemed like his confidence had gone too.
Now with Dean Smith, Jamie Vardy has returned to making those darting runs in behind and has scored two goals in his five games. Nevertheless, Leicester’s survival hopes largely rest on the hopes of James Maddison instead, despite the playmaker coming in for criticism after his own recent interview.
City now have three massive games and if performances are anything like we saw at Fulham, there is little chance of survival. Hunger and desire will be key. Vardy is one of the few survivors from the Great Escape season so will know what is needed to get out of a desperate situation.
Ultimately, relegation would be disastrous for LCFC and set back years of progress but what has angered fans most is what seems to be a lack of desire from many players in the squad. Perhaps this is because many know they won’t be at the club past the summer. It is therefore vital that such attitudes are stamped out or that these players are dropped. In any case, some of Leicester’s players should look to take a leaf out of Vardy’s book if there is to be a final twist in the tale.