Jamie Vardy's Growth On Football Manager Is Seriously Impressive
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Jamie Vardy's rise from a part-time non-league player and factory worker to a Premier League title winner, record-breaker and fully-fledged England international is nothing short of meteoric. It's almost the perfect rags to riches story.
And Vardy's rise to prominence has seen a huge change in his growth in the Football Manager series.
Back in 2010, a 21-year old Vardy was turning out for Stocksbridge Park Steels in the low echelons of English football. As expected, his stats were low, with Vardy's wage estimated at 170 euros per week and you could sign him for around 2,500 euros if you fancied taking a punt on a non-league youngster.
Several attributes of Vardy's improved the next year when he was playing for FC Halifax but his financial details remained the same. At this point, no-one other than non-league aficionados were aware of Vardy's existence.
Vardy signed for Conference Premier side Fleetwood Town at the start of the 2011/12 season and played a huge role in the club's title-winning season which earned the promotion to the Football League, with the striker scoring 31 goals along the way. On FM 2012, Vardy had an estimated value of 160k euros, with his highest rated stat being 15 pace.
Blackpool were desperate to snap Vardy up from their local rivals after his impressive form but it was Leicester, then playing in the Championship, who secured his signature for £1.7 million according to add ons.
Now playing in the second tier of English football, here is what Vardy's statistics looked like on FM 2013.
A year later, Vardy had an estimated value of 3.8 million euros and his determination, work-rate and pace made him a good option for anyone vying for promotion on FM 2014. He would then go on to play a vital role in the Foxes' 2013/14 Championship-winning season, scoring 16 goals as the club returned to the promised land better known as the Premier League.
His first season in the Premier League saw things improve once again on Football Manager, with Vardy now having a value of 8.7m euros in the game and an estimated salary of 2,100,000 per year.
So many of the explosive forward's stats skyrocketed after an impressive debut campaign in the top flight, his estimated value rising to 31m euros. So many of his stats were in the 'green zone' - making him an absolute attacking machine, especially if you wanted to play blistering, counter-attacking football.
Having broken Ruud van Nistlerooy's record by scoring in eleven Premier League games on the trot, as well as firing Leicester to a surprise and memorable title win with 19 goals, the England international is destined go up another gear on FM 2017. We can't wait to use him in our tried and trusted 3-2-3-2 formation on the new game.
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