Jamie Vardy: Leicester striker a Premier League icon, says Brendan Rodgers
Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers described Jamie Vardy as an “icon” in the Premier League when the striker worked at the club for 10 years.
Vardy, 35, signed from Fleetwood for £ 1m on May 18, 2012, scoring 132 goals in 268 Premier League appearances.
The former non-league player is ranked 14th in the Premier League scoring table with 24 goals, while Leicester City won the Premier League in the 2015/2016 season.
“I think he’s a real symbol of Leicester City and the league,” said Rodgers.
His manager compared Vardy’s career path to that of former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright, who returned to professional football only at the age of 22. He joined Leicester City at the age of 25.
“I think playing professional football at 25 and scoring his Premier League debut at 27. I also want continuing to conquer and influence is a unique player,” Rodgers said.
“We’ve seen it before with other players like Ian Wright and playing at the highest level. But Jamie’s story, is a real club, a big man in football and the Premier League. From playing in the English Cup playoffs to winning the English Cup and Premier League to the Champions League.
“I put it next to the best attacker.”
He then played for Stokesbridge Park Stills, went through trials with Crow Alexandra and Brotharham. It was before signing for Halifax and Fleetwood and helping Lancashire move up the league.
After signing for Leicester City and the Championship, Vardy’s career accelerated. He won the biggest trophies in English football (the 2016 Premier League championship and the English Cup last year). Also, he made 26 appearances for the England national team.
Leicester City are in ninth place after a tough season and face Chelsea on Thursday.