Player Profile

Vardy shocked

Jamie Vardy

9 Leichester City

Nationality :England
Date Of Birth :11/01/1987
Height :178cm
Weight :76kg
  • FWPosition
  • 59Games Played
  • 934Minutes Played
  • 25Starts
  • 6Substitution On
  • 2Substitution Off
  • 64Passes
  • 78.8%Passing Accuracy
  • 87%Passing Accuracy opp. Half
  • 15Duels Won
  • 22Duels Lost
  • 36%Duels Won (%)
  • 7Aerial Duels Won
  • 6Aerial Duels Lost
  • 51%Aerial Duels Won (%)
  • 7Recoveries
  • 1Tackles Won
  • Tackles Lost
  • 100%Tackles Won (%)
  • 5Clearances
  • 3Blocks
  • 1Interceptions
  • 3Penalties Conceded
  • 2Fouls Won
  • 1Fouls Conceded
  • 1Yellow Cards
  • 1Red Cards
  • 3Goals
  • Penalty Goals
  • 230Minutes Per Goal
  • 5Total Shots On Target
  • 3Total Shots Off Target
  • 45.6%Shooting Accuracy
  • 3Successful Crosses
  • 2Unsuccessful Crosses
  • 66.8%Successful Crosses (%)
  • Assists
  • 4Chances Created
  • 1Penalties Won
  • 3Offsides

James Richard “Jamie” Vardy (born 11 January 1987)[1] is an English professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Leicester City and the England national team. He plays as a striker, but can also play as a winger.

After being released by Sheffield Wednesday at the age of sixteen, Vardy began his senior career with Stocksbridge Park Steels, breaking into the first team in 2007 and spending three seasons before joining Northern Premier League side F.C. Halifax Town in 2010. Scoring 26 goals in his debut season, he won the club’s “Player’s Player of the Year” award, then moved to Conference Premier side Fleetwood Town in August 2011 for an undisclosed fee. He scored 31 league goals in his first season at his new team, winning the team’s “Player of the Year” award as they won the division.

In May 2012, Vardy signed for Leicester City in the Football League Championship for a non-league record transfer fee of £1 million, and represented the club in the Premier League after winning the Championship in 2014. He scored in a record eleven consecutive Premier League matches in 2015, breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record, and made his international debut earlier in the same year.

Leicester City
2012–13 season

On 17 May 2012, it was announced that Vardy would be signing for Leicester City ahead of the 2012–13 season, for a reported fee of £1 million, a non-League record, which could potentially be worth up to £1.7 million with add-ons.[27] The next day, he signed on a three-year contract until June 2015.[28] On 14 August, Vardy made his debut for Leicester against Torquay United in the first round of the League Cup, playing the entirety of the game at Plainmoor and heading the final goal in a 4–0 win.[29] Four days later he made his Football League debut at the King Power Stadium, a 2–0 win over Peterborough United in which he set up a goal for Andy King.[30] He scored his first league goal in a 2–1 away defeat to Blackburn Rovers on 25 August. In September, he scored the winner in two 2–1 comeback victories, against Burnley and Middlesbrough.[1] Vardy’s first season at the club was marred by his own loss of form, prompting criticism from some City supporters on social media, and he even considered leaving football until manager Nigel Pearson and assistant manager Craig Shakespeare convinced him to continue with the club.[31]
2013–14 season
Vardy warming up before a pre-season friendly with Leicester City in 2013

The following season brought a turn around in Vardy’s fortunes as he established himself as a prolific scorer in the Leicester attack as the club took a commanding lead at the top of the table.[31] Vardy scored and won a penalty as Leicester beat high flying local rivals Derby County 4–1 on 10 January 2014 and reaffirmed their position at the top of the Championship.[32] Vardy finished the season with 16 league goals as Leicester were promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season as champions,[33] and was named Leicester’s Players’ Player of the season at the club’s awards.[34]
2014–15 season

On 19 August 2014, Vardy extended his contract until the summer of 2018.[33] After missing the first two games of the season through injury, he made his Premier League debut on 31 August 2014, as a second-half substitute in a 1–1 draw at home to Arsenal. On 21 September, Vardy delivered a man of the match performance by scoring his first Premier League goal and setting up the other four as Leicester made a surprise comeback from 3–1 down to a 5–3 victory against Manchester United.[35]

On 11 April 2015, Vardy scored a 90th-minute winning goal in the Foxes’ 3–2 victory at West Bromwich Albion.[36] Impressive form throughout the rest of April, including another winning goal, against Burnley on 25 April, saw Vardy nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award.[37] Vardy and Leicester ended the 2014–15 season in a safe 14th position having picked up 22 points since 4 April, capping things off by opening the scoring in a 5–1 victory against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of he Premier League season on 24 May.[38]
2015–16 season

Vardy started the 2015–16 season by scoring the opening goal as Leicester picked up a 4–2 victory at home against Sunderland on 8 August 2015.[39] He scored the equaliser in Leicester’s 3–2 comeback victory against Aston Villa on 13 September.[40] With a brace in Leicester’s 2–5 defeat to Arsenal on 26 September, Vardy reached seven league goals for the season, eclipsing his goal tally of the previous year.[41]

On 24 October, he scored the only goal of a home win over Crystal Palace, the seventh consecutive Premier League match in which he scored, and his tenth goal of the league season.[42][43] Vardy scored in his eighth league game in a row on 31 October, and became only the third player ever to do so in the Premier League after Ruud van Nistelrooy (twice) and Daniel Sturridge, in a 3–2 win over West Bromwich Albion.[44][45] A week later, he won and scored a penalty to secure a 2–1 win over Watford, putting him on nine consecutive games with a goal, behind Van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record of ten.[46] Vardy also became the first player in the Premiership to score in nine consecutive games in a single season, as Van Nistelrooy’s 10 games were at the end of the 2002–2003 season and the beginning of the 2003–2004 season.[47] For his run of good form, Vardy was the Premier League Player of the Month for October 2015, the first Leicester player to be given the accolade since goalkeeper Tim Flowers in September 2000.[48]

On 21 November, Vardy matched Van Nistelrooy’s record of consecutive Premier League games with a goal, opening a 3–0 win over Newcastle United.[49] A week later, against Manchester United, he scored again to claim the record for himself.[50] His run ended on 5 December when he did not score in a 3–0 win at Swansea City, having done so he would have equalled the English top-flight record of 12 consecutive scoring games set by Jimmy Dunne for Sheffield United in 1931–32; the result nonetheless put Leicester on top of the table.[51] Following his goalscoring exploits, Vardy was again named as the Premier League Player of the Month for November,[52] becoming only the fifth ever player to win the award in consecutive months.[53]

By January 2016, Vardy’s transfer value had risen from £2.1 million to £18.8 million,[54] with manager Claudio Ranieri describing him as “priceless”.[55] On 2 February, he scored both goals in a 2–0 win against Liverpool, the first being a long-distance volley described as “world class” by opposing manager Jürgen Klopp.[56] Four days later, he signed a new contract to keep himself at Leicester until 2019, increasing his weekly salary to £80,000.[57]