Vardy fairytale shows no signs of ending

Jamie Vardy became the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League games when he scored against Manchester United, breaking former Red Devils striker Ruud van Nistelrooy's record of 10.

Jamie Vardy took his goal tally this season to 14 with his record-breaking strike against Manchester United.   -  Getty Images

The moment Jamie Vardy received the ball on the edge of the Manchester United penalty area, you knew. The King Power stadium absolutely erupted as the Premier League’s top goal-scorer took his season tally to 14 in the 24th minute of Leicester’s Premier League clash. More importantly, Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in ten consecutive league games by netting for the 11th time in a row.

His rise over the last few years has been nothing short of meteoric. Less than five years ago, he was plying his trade with non-league side Fleetwood Town. Today, fans are screaming for Vardy to take Wayne Rooney’s place as England’s attacking spearhead. England manager Roy Hodgson was among the audience to witness the history-making moment and must now consider fielding the Leicester City striker in his favoured number nine position rather than as a wide forward, where he has used him earlier.

Vardy managed only five goals in the entirety of last season but has scored 14 in 14 games this time round. Apart from the obvious improvement in finishing, his work-rate and willingness to press has paid rich dividends. Manager Claudio Ranieri deserves some credit for giving Vardy the chance despite having last season’s top scorer Leonardo Ulloa around. The former Fleetwood Town man has grabbed that chance with both hands.

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