It was always going to be hard for Jamie Vardy to follow up his remarkable 2015/16 season success.
The Leicester City striker was nominated for the Ballon d’Or after firing the Foxes to the Premier League title, but this season hasn’t quite been his year.
Aside from a superb hat-trick against Manchester City, Vardy’s looked a shadow of his former self, and legendary England striker Alan Shearer had some forthright words to say about the Leicester man’s form this season.
Speaking before Leicester’s FA Cup match against Derby on Friday night, Shearer said Vardy may have believed his hype a little too much in recent times.
He added: “To me it looks like he’s had his head turned by success, I see him on the front covers of magazines, he’s signed a bumper new contract.
“But he’s no longer doing what brought him the success last season. I know it’s difficult getting to the top, but it’s a lot harder staying there.
“Everyone knows what you’re good at. Everyone knows what your strengths and weaknesses are.
“But you have to do the basics, and Jamie Vardy [and Leicester] are not doing the basics.”
Vardy has scored just five times this campaign, with three of those coming in the aforementioned 4-2 hammering of Manchester City in December.
A year is a long time in football, isn’t it?
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