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Jamie Vardy 12/1 to be Premier League Top Scorer after lightning start


Vardy has plundered nine goals for Leicester City and the bookies have trimmed the striker once again

At the beginning of the season, Jamie Vardy was 500/1 to be the Premier League’s top scorer.

After all, the England striker had managed just five goals last season, with the former non-league forward regarded as practically a no-hoper when it came to challenging the likes of Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez.

However, Vardy has managed nine goals in as many games, with the forward’s brace at St Mary’s underlining his credentials as one of the division’s top strikers right now and the bookies are sitting up and taking notice.

Quotes of 20/1 have disappeared since the weekend and BetVictor now offer a best price 12/1 that we get the most unlikely Premier League top scorer of all time.

After all, you have to go back over fifteen years since a striker from outside a “top four” club finished top of the scoring chart and Kevin Phillips was much more of a known quantity when he did this for Sunderland.

Vardy played down his scoring achievements and pointed to the impact of the Leicester subs when getting his team level against Southampton.

“We made the changes at half-time and Riyad has set one up and Nathan has done the same just before, so they made a brilliant impact,” Vardy said.

“We were just on top all the second half. That showed the competition we have in this squad and that can only be good for the club. As a player you want to be on that pitch and in the starting XI.

“It is brilliant at the moment. The way Riyad has fed the ball through, I was clean through. Nathan’s cross, you probably won’t see me score that many headers but I have managed to get my head on it.

“I am oozing confidence but we just need to keep it going. It is nothing to do with me, really. It is a team game and as long as Leicester keep getting the points that is all that matters.

“The team has put me in the position to score the goals and the whole squad has been a massive help to me. Hopefully, it will continue and we will keep getting the points week in and week out.”

Sergio Aguero remains favourite at 15/8 although the Manchester City forward is out for several weeks with a thigh injury and it could be that he is used sparingly on his return due to him regularly becoming sidelined.

Alexis Sanchez has also been well-supported in recent weeks, with the Chilean going from 10/1 to 5/1 within the space of a fortnight and he found the opener for Arsenal at Watford on Saturday.

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