As Arsenal fans anxiously wait for a positive response from Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, tongues are wagging if signing the 29-year-old is the best deal as his £20 million release clause might be better invested in a younger striker.
No doubt Vardy has been impressive and scoring 24 league goals for a below average team like Leicester is no mean feat but one must also take into account that this is the forward’s breakthrough season at an advanced age of 29.
It is embarrassing that a big club like Arsenal has been put on hold by Vardy who is not excited in joining the club with an offer many will jump at the chance. There is another question on whether the English man will suit the style and pattern of Arsenal as Vardy is more suited to a side that plays counter -attacking football where he utilises his pace to devastating effect. At Arsenal, Vardy will not enjoy the space and luxury of playing deep which he does enjoy in Leicester.
Leicester play with less emphasis on possession soaking up pressure and breaking from their own half once N’Golo Kante intercepts a pass or dispossess an opponent, with the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrington feeding Vardy.
Arsenal might better still invest the large proportion of that £20 million in signing a younger striker like Alexander Lacazette who has set the French Ligue 1 ablaze with multiple goals in the last two years. Also to be considered is Michy Batshuayi of Marseille, Kelvin Gameiro of Sevilla and Mario Icardi of Inter Milan who are valued around £35 million.
Another possibility for Arsenal is the signing of a top class striker who is suited to the game pattern of Arsenal and will guarantee success. Such players include Pierre Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Gonzalo Higuian of Napoli who would cost around £53 million but more of a realiable choice than that of Vardy since they players are younger and more impressive.
Though Vardy is yet to be signed, it is unlikely that the waiting game he is currently playing with the Gunners will end anytime soon.