Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has been named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year for 2015-16. The 29-year old has been outstanding for the Premier League leaders, scoring 22 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions for the Foxes, thereby winning the FWA Footballer of the Year award.
The winner of Footballer of the Year is voted for by FWA members – a group of around 400 football journalists. This year is the first time a Leicester City player has received the award in its 69-year history.
Vardy, who was playing non-league football with Fleetwood four years ago, broke the Premier League record for scoring in successive games earlier this season, surpassing the total set by Ruud van Nistelrooy by scoring in 11 straight matches from August 29 to November 28.
He made his England debut in June 2015, scored his first international goal in March against Germany in Berlin, before bagging his second three days later against the Netherlands at Wembley. Vardy was also nominated for PFA Player of the Year this season, which was won by Leicester team-mate Riyad Mahrez.
Vardy had this to say after receiving the award:
“It’s a great honour to win such a prestigious award and to have my name added to a list of previous winners that includes some unbelievable players. Thank you to the Football Writers’ Association and to everyone that voted
“Thank you, also, to my team-mates, who are the reason I’ve been able to achieve anything. It’s been an amazing season for all of us at Leicester, based on team-work, not individuals, which you can see in the voting
“Thanks also to the manager, all the staff and the fans for their support. We’re all totally focused on getting over the line in the final two weeks of the season and turning a great season into one we’ll never forget. Hopefully I can contribute to that and, if selected, carry some good form into the Euros this summer.”
Meanwhile, the battle for the top four continues as Manchester United and Manchester City dropped points to Leicester and Southampton respectively.
United played a 1-1 draw with Leicester at Old Trafford on Super Sunday, while City slumped to a 4-2 defeat against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium. These results came after Arsenal had moved up to third with a 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday, while there was also a 3-0 victory for West Ham against West Brom. For Liverpool, their 3-1 defeat to Swansea ended their hopes of a top-four finish.