Leicester City striker, Jamie Vardy has been named the Premier League’s Player of the Season following his remarkable campaign for the Foxes. Vardy beat off competition from a 10-man shortlist for the award, with the likes of his clubmates, Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante, Kasper Schmeichel and Wes Morgan.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld were also on the shortlist along with West Ham’s Dimitri Payet and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.
Vardy, 29, has scored 24 goals thus far this season, as Claudio Ranieri’s men romped to the Premier League title, having been battling relegation last term.
The Foxes have lost just three games all season and sit 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham ahead of the final game of the season.
Vardy has also won six England caps this season, scoring against both Germany and the Netherlands, and is poised to travel to Euro 2016 this summer with the Three Lions.
The England international had already been named Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association, while Mahrez earlier won the PFA Player of the Year award.
Vardy collected his FWA award last week and said he was honoured to take a prize that has been won by many of the game’s greats, including Stanley Matthews, Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Leicester City striker debunked speculation he could leave the King Power Stadium this summer, saying: “We have just won the league and we are in the Champions League next season.”
Vardy’s goal scoring exploits seem almost too good to be true considering his humble past. He was playing non-league football a few years back when Leicester decided to take a gamble on the forward. Vardy definitely had a lot of pace, but nobody expected him to reach the heights he has achieved.