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The 10 Football League players who could be the next Jamie Vardy

The 10 Football League players who could be the next Jamie Vardy

14/12/2015Sport

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These lower league footballers could also shake up the Barclays Premier League party…

Great players don’t always come from abroad and cost loads of money. To celebrate, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy’s record-breaking season, we look at 10 lower-league players battling to be the Barclays Premier League’s next surprise package.

 

 

 

Jordan Rhodes, Blackburn Rovers

Miralem Pjanic

The 25-year-old Scotland striker has scored over 150 goals for Huddersfield

The 25-year-old Scotland striker has scored over 150 goals for Huddersfield and Blackburn over the last six-and-a-bit seasons. He’s good in the air, deadly in the box and would be an asset to any mid-table or relegation-threatened Premier club.

Jay Simpson, Leyton Orient

Artyom Dzyuba

The 27-year-old began his career at Arsenal

There are three things you need to know about Jay Simpson. The 28-year-old began his career at Arsenal, but left without making a Premier League appearance. He knows his pad thai, having spent some time in the Thai Premier League. And he’s scored 20 goals during the first half of this season. That means he’s certainly getting close to Vardy territory…

Tomer Hemed, Brighton

Maxime Lestienne

A dozen goals in 19 internationals suggested that Israeli frontman Hemed could take the Sky Bet Championship by storm

A dozen goals in 19 internationals suggested that Israeli frontman Hemed could take the Sky Bet Championship by storm, and five goals in his first seven league games proved it. He’s strong in the air, great at holding the ball up and has previously been linked with Liverpool. Definitely a contender.

Morgan Fox, Charlton Athletic

Vincent Aboubakar

One name currently linked with the Red Devils is Charlton’s tall 22-year-old Welsh defender Morgan Fox

Luke Shaw’s season-ending injury at Manchester United means Louis van Gaal is on the lookout for another top left back. One name currently linked with the Red Devils is Charlton’s tall 22-year-old Welsh defender Morgan Fox.

Charlie Taylor, Leeds United

Hakan Calhanoglu

Another lower league left-back rumoured to be interesting Manchester United is Charlie Taylor

Another lower league left-back rumoured to be of interest to Manchester United is Charlie Taylor. The former England U19 international has been brilliant for Leeds this season, with his main strengths being his defensive positioning and his strong tackling.

Daniel Ayala, Middlesbrough

Nabil Fekir

The former Liverpool and Norwich defender has looked like a different player since joining Middlesbrough

The former Liverpool and Norwich defender has looked like a different player since joining Middlesbrough in 2014. The 25-year-old is tough at the back and a menace in the opposition’s penalty area, so expect him to move on if Boro doesn’t win promotion.

Moussa Dembélé, Fulham

Mateo Kovačić

Despite being in a struggling side, he scored eight goals and two assists

Not to be confused with Tottenham star Mousa Dembele, this pacey 19-year-old French striker is tearing up this season’s Sky Bet Championship. Despite being in a struggling side, he scored eight goals and two assists in his first 16 games and has been linked with both Tottenham and Everton.

Andre Gray, Burnley

Jose Luis Gaya

The Sky Bet Championship’s top scorer is the principal reason why Burnley are in with a real shot of promotion

The Sky Bet Championship’s top scorer is the principal reason why Burnley are in with a real shot of promotion. After learning his trade at non-league clubs Hinckley United and Luton Town, the 24-year-old excelled at Brentford before sealing a £6m move to Burnley.

Lucas Joao, Sheffield Wednesday

Youri Tielemans

Did you hear the one about the Sheffield Wednesday striker who got called up to play for Portugal?

Did you hear the one about the Sheffield Wednesday striker who got called up to play for Portugal? His name is Lucas Joao, he’s 22, he combines power, pace and skill and he scored in his team’s brilliant 3-0 cup win over Arsenal.

James Tarkowski, Brentford

Leonardo Bonucci

Ball-playing defenders in the style of Rio Ferdinand don’t come along too often

Ball-playing defenders in the style of Rio Ferdinand don’t come along too often. So it’s no surprise that Barclays Premier League scouts are swarming all over Brentford’s £5million-rated 23-year-old defensive lynchpin James Tarkowski.

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