Leicester City probably have one of the stronger squads outside of the Premier League top six, but up front they are severely lacking options.
Away from Jamie Vardy, Brendan Rodgers is not exactly blessed with goalscorers, explaining the ex-Celtic boss’ interest in Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson (Daily Mirror).
With that in mind, how do the two English No.9s compare?
Vardy’s frustration with his former manager Claude Puel was there for everyone to see with the 32-year-old clearly unsatisfied with the manner in which his team had been playing under the Frenchman.
Even so, Vardy has still been able to reach the 10-goal mark this season in the Premier League, managing to score in games where he barely got a sniff of the ball.
Considering that, it is probably fair to say the inactive England international is one of the most clinical strikers in the division.
Against the goalkeeper, 1v1, there are few deadlier finishers playing in English football’s top flight right now.
With Vardy’s game built on pace and energy, though, it may only be a matter of time until the King Power faithful start to see a decline.
TT Grade: A-
Albeit not as serious as previous seasons, the current campaign is another one where Wilson has not been able to escape injury.
When the 27-year-old has been fit enough to play for Bournemouth this term, though, he has proven to be such a dangerous threat up front, coming in for praise from individuals like Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola.
“Callum is doing well and is of interest not only for us but for many. He’s strong, fast, and he sees the goal,” the Premier League icon was quoted as saying by BBC Sport when speaking about the Blues’ interest in Wilson.
Like Vardy, he has 10 Premier League goals to his name, finishing off a lot of his chances like a real poacher.
Based on that, Bournemouth supporters can only wonder what sort of goalscorer the England international could have become if not for all those injuries. That being said, at 27, Wilson still has time to perhaps go up another level if he can stay fit and get proper runs together consistently.
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With Vardy still fit and firing, it is not quite clear what role Wilson would have in Leicester’s squad should he join in the summer.
However, whether it is in an alternative or cover capacity, the Foxes could definitely do with Wilson coming in.
An injury to Vardy or extended run of poor form and Leicester could be in trouble with the options behind him such as Kelechi Iheanacho being unreliable in front of goal.
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