According to reports in the Daily Mirror West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson is keen to bring in Fleetwood Towns goal machine Jamie Vardy. The 25-year-old striker has been banging the goals in for Fleetwood Town and also boasts a tremendous record at Halifax and Stocksbridge.
West Brom will be hoping the £1m rated forward will emulate the rise from non-league to Premier League seen by Norwich City skipper Grant Holt.
Vardy scored 66 goals in 107 matches for Stocksbridge, 27 in 38 for Halifax and has so far scored 24 goals in 26 appearances for Fleetwood who play in the Conference National league.
With the likes of Shane Long, Peter Odemwingie, Simon Cox and Marc-Antoine Fortune already on their books I doubt Hodgson sees Vardy as his new star striker.
Although boasting such an impressive record in the lower leagues and although I love to see a player get a chance I think West Brom should air on the side of caution with Vardy.
Grant Holt worked his way up through the leagues before getting his big break at the highest level and I think the jump from non-league to Premier League would be too big for any player.
Vardy has only been a full-time professional for 5 years so does lack some experience. West Brom have comfortably avoided any relegation scares pulling a massive 13 points clear of 18th place and could be challenging for a top 8 place this season. That is why I think £1m for a player from such a low level and who lacks experience would be a risk which may not be worth it as I’m sure West Brom could attract interest from a better quality player and already have several good forwards in their squad.
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