Jamie Vardy becomes footballer of the year
Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has been named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year for 2016. Vardy’s 20 Premier League goals has put his club just within one point of clinching the Premier League title with two games left to play
Vardy is the first Leicester player to win the award in its 69-year history, and the first Englishman to be handed the award since Scott Parker in 2011.
Vardy was beated to the PFA Player of the Year award just over a week ago by his teammate Riyad Mahrez.
Vardy was quaoted as saying by 90min.com:
“It’s a great honour to win such a prestigious award and to have my name added to a list of previous winners that includes some unbelievable players. Thank you to the Football Writers’ Association and to everyone that voted.
“Thank you, also, to my team-mates, who are the reason I’ve been able to achieve anything. It’s been an amazing season for all of us at Leicester, based on team-work, not individuals, which you can see in the voting. “Thanks also to the manager, all the staff and the fans for their support.
We’re all totally focused on getting over the line in the final two weeks of the season and turning a great season into one we’ll never forget. Hopefully I can contribute to that and, if selected, carry some good form into the Euros this summer.”
— The FWA (@theofficialfwa) May 2, 2016
Vardy received a 36% of the vote, putting him comfortably ahead of teammates Mahrez and N’Golo Kante, as well as the likes of Dimitri Payet, Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Kevin de Bruyne, who also picked up votes