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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy named Football Writers’ Player of Year

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Jamie Vardy

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been named Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year for the 2015/16 season, following the footsteps of fellow team-mate Riyad Mahrez, who was named PFA player of the year a week ago.

The Foxes are on the verge of lifting the Premier League title for the first time in their history, after they managed a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon against Manchester United. If Chelsea beat Tottenham on Monday night, the Foxes will be crowned as the new Premier League champions.

Vardy has enjoyed a phenomenal campaign this season for Leicester, scoring 22 goals in 34 games. The England striker, who was plying trade in lower divisions of English football only a few years back, have set a new record this season by scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games, breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record for Manchester United.

Apart from being a regular scorer this season, Vardy’s creativity has been important for Leicester, as he was involved in creating 45 chances for his team and laid on a further six assists.

His impressive domestic form has earned him a national team call up, and he is likely to be included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the Euro Championships in France this summer.

While King Power Stadium will host Champions League football for the first time in their history in 2016/17, it remains to be seen whether Leicester manage to hold on to their star players, with big clubs sure to test their resilience with bucket loads of money.

Vardy was reportedly a target of Premier League giants Chelsea in the January transfer window, and the Blues may rekindle their interest in signing him this summer as well. However, Leicester would not trade him on cheap, and any potential suitor will have to pay anything around £30m for the 29-year-old striker.

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