What must Jamie Vardy be thinking, having turned down a summer move to Arsenal to stay at Leicester for what looks like it’ll be the remainder of his career?
For most footballers, signing a contract bigger than the one you are on, at the club you are already playing for, who also happen to be champions would seem a no-brainer. Yet in the case of Leicester City, there was always going to be far more to consider.
It was absolutely no fluke that the Foxes won the Premier League title last term. They dominated the season from start to finish; demonstrating a real quality in attack, muscle in midfield, resilience in defence, combined with great team belief.
So why is it everybody predicted what is currently happening?
Leicester are yet to win an away game this season and were embarrassed by a sub-standard Chelsea side last weekend.
Not for the first time did Claudio Renieri’s men look out of sorts and not up for the fight – a far cry from the side we’ve all grown to know and love.
In defeats at Hull, Manchester United and Liverpool, the reigning champions have failed to show any of the desire of twelve months ago; not to mention a severe lack of quality. It’s as though they are still celebrating becoming legends, without realising a new season has actually kicked off.
Of course it was always going to be hard to remain at the top – but how has it gone so wrong, so quickly, for Vardy and co?
The notion that the sale of N’Golo Kanté is the reason is absurd – as one player cannot win you a title in the same way one player missing cannot make you an average team.
With the likes of Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Ahmed Musa, Danny Drinkwater and Wes Morgan – they still have the nucleus of a very strong outfit, so what is the problem?
Have the players simply won the title and earnt the right to give up? Or is every team upping their game for the champions, like they did against Manchester United throughout the 90’s.
There is clearly still something about them as their European displays show, where they lead their group with 3 wins from 3, the only other side that can boast such a record is Atletico Madrid.
Either way, something drastic needs to happen at the King Power stadium before everybody’s second team becomes a true laughing stock and finds themselves in a relegation battle twelve months after being named champions.
Some might feel sorry for Vardy and Mahrez for not jumping ship and moving to big clubs when they had the chance; whereas others, like myself, think they possess they ability to propel Leicester up the table – and it is just a case of if they can find the motivation to do so.