Why Leicester must offer Vardy what he wants before it's too late

Despite the forward now being 37 years old, Jamie Vardy still contributed massively to Leicester’s promotion push to the Premier League in the first time of asking.
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Leicester’s No.9 contributed 18 goals and two assists in 35 games, over 1768 minutes according to the club. Despite Vardy having a more reserved role and not being the predominant striker that we’re used to.

It’s safe to say Enzo Maresca is making the most of Vardy’s talents, giving the striker a chance to rest when the Foxes have had two matches in a week. With the striker getting to the tender age of 37 years old, he can no longer start two games a week, as he was able to during the peak of his powers.

That’s why it’s important for Leicester to have a strong understudy strike. That role may be filled by Patson Daka, Tom Cannon, or strikers they bring in during the summer transfer window to be members of the back up cast to Vardy.

As well as the quality Vardy offers on the pitch, he also has experience that will be vital for LCFC. He's worn the shirt in multiple Premier League campaigns, whether that’s fighting relegation, mid-table mediocrity, challenging the traditional big six, or winning the title! In a squad that lacks practical knowledge in the division across the board, Vardy’s experience alongside certain others' will be invaluable to the manager.

We’ve seen that wisdom play a major factor in the Championship, as well when Vardy called a meeting with players after a rocky spell during the campaign. Which fired Leicester up for that five star performance against Southampton.

Vardy's previous Premier League saw him contribute three goals and assists in a dysfunctional Brendan Rodgers system. In which he was a second string striker to Patson Daka and Kelechi Iheanacho, but with a new manager.

John Percy reported that Leicester’s legend will receive a new deal. After a sit down meeting between Enzo and the chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, the Italian manager seems to want to retain the star forward. The most important business City can do is seal Vardy's services for at least a one year extension and let the legendary player figure it out from there.