Transfer Battle: Jamie Vardy vs Marko Arnautovic

Following back-to-back defeats against Everton and Arsenal, Claude Puel will be desperate for Leicester City to return to winning ways when they welcome West Ham United to the King Power on Saturday.

And one individual the Frenchman will be looking to — if fit — is Jamie Vardy with the 31-year-old the obvious match-winner in the Leicester squad.

As for West Ham, their main danger man on the day is likely to be Marko Arnautovic, who has four Premier League goals to his name so far this season.

With that in mind, how do the two strikers compare?

Jamie Vardy

With Riyad Mahrez having left Leicester for Manchester City in the summer, Vardy is now easily the biggest threat in Puel’s team.

In recent weeks, James Maddison has probably been the Foxes’ standout attacking player. However, the former Norwich City man nor anyone else in the Leicester squad have the ability to win games in the manner that Vardy can.

Since gaining promotion to the Premier League back in 2014, Vardy has shown he is capable of scoring almost any type of goal and against any opposition.

To put things into perspective, in his four full seasons in English football’s top flight, Vardy has managed to hit the 20-goal mark on two occasions with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal all falling victim to the Leicester man in that time.

As well as his goal-scoring proficiency, Vardy also offers his side incredible pace and energy up front, making him the ideal No.9 for most modern-day coaches.

TT Grade: A-

Marko Arnautovic

Like Vardy, Arnautovic is the sort of forward that loves to put pressure on defenders when they are in possession of the ball.

Technically, however, the Austrian has more in his locker. Vardy thrives when making darting runs wherever, but Arnautovic truly comes to life when the ball is at his feet.

The 29-year-old’s hold-up play is extremely efficient, while he can also dribble out of the tightest of spots.

Arnautovic, of course, initially struggled to adapt to life at the London Stadium after being asked to play out wide where he would often become isolated. But since moving up front, where he has proven to be a handful for most central defenders in the Premier League, the Austria international has constantly come up with the goods.

All in all, in this moment of time, there is not a lot currently missing from Arnautovic’s game.

TT Grade: A

TT Verdict:

Vardy and Arnautovic are Premier League top six quality players; there is no reason why they could not get into the starting XI of a side such as Chelsea, for example.

And going into Saturday’s clash between Leicester and West Ham, both individuals are capable of winning their team all three points.

But looking at ability and influence, Arnautovic edges his Leicester counterpart, leaving him the victor in this battle of No.9s.

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