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Jamie Vardy proves class with astonishing record against top-six

As runaway league leaders Man City brushed aside Leicester City 4-1 at the Emirates on Saturday, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero quite rightly received most of the plaudits.

However, their was a man on the visiting team who also deserved massive credit, and even broke a pretty special Premier League record of his own.

Jamie Vardy’s first-half strike meant he became the first player ever to score against every member of the top-six in a single season. In fact, the England international’s record against the Premier Leagues elite since August 2014, reads 43 games played 26 goals scored.

The 31-year-old caught the footballing world’s attention with his searing pace and deadly finishing ability during the Foxes epic 2015/2016 title triumph.

His rags to riches rise from non-league footballer to Premier League winner and England international, was the perfect type of fairytale story that fans of all clubs just love to hear.

However, most of us expected Vardy to be nothing more than a one season wonder. To soon fade back into the shadows, just as quickly as he had burst into the limelight. Perhaps it would even be the sudden exposure to worldwide fame that would be his downfall.

He deserves massive credit therefore, for maintaining his level of performance since his sides unlikely league win, and his superb record against the top-six is a testament to that.

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The former Fleetwood Town striker still maintains the phenomenal work-rate, blistering pace, and eye for goal that brought him such fame in the first place, despite many predicting a sudden fall from grace.

He remains the type of impish, in your face striker, that must give Premier League defenders nightmares before games.

Although there have been plenty of rumours – and he did nearly join Arsenal a couple of seasons ago – of a move to a top six club, he is probably best suited to a mid-table team like Leicester who are set up to play to his strengths. Should he move, he would more than likely not be given much more than a role as an impact sub at a bigger club.

However, just because he will finish his career having not played for a major club, his consistently superb goal scoring record against the Premier League’s big boys, shows exactly what a high-class player he is.

As the old footballing adage goes, big players show up in big games, and Jamie Vardy has proved time and time again over the last few seasons that he is a big player.