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Jamie Vardy wins Football Writers Association’s player of the year award


Jamie Vardy was named the Football Writers Association's player of the year on Monday

Jamie Vardy was named the Football Writers Association’s player of the year on Monday. The Leicester player has been instrumental in his side’s push for the Premier League title scoring 22 goals as well as providing six assists.

Vardy topped the poll of 290 journalists with 36% of the vote, a winner ahead of team-mates Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kanté

It has been a fairytale season for Vardy – who as recently as 2012 was playing for Conference Premier side Fleetwood Town – which has seen him score in 11 consecutive game, breaking Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record, as well as score his first international goal for England against no less an opposition as the current world champions, Germany. To top it all off, Vardy’s life story will be turned into a movie.

However, it has not been without controversy. After the opening game of the season, a 4-2 win over Sunderland, a video emerged of Vardy racially abusing a fellow casino-goer after he accused the man of looking at his cards. In the video Vardy can be heard saying: “Jap. Yo Jap. Walk on. Walk on. Oi, walk on. Yeah you, Jap. Walk on.” Vardy apologised and the club allowed him to keep his job.

The FWA chairman, Andy Dunn, said: “It is testament to their all-round excellence that so many Leicester players polled votes from our members. The Jamie Vardy story, though, clearly captured the imagination of so many writers.

“His record-breaking feat of scoring in 11 consecutive matches is the jewel in what will surely be Leicester’s Premier League crown. And the Footballer of the Year award is not just a reflection of his fantastic season, but recognition of a remarkable journey from non-league to the international stage.”

Vardy added: “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 teamwork 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.”

It has been quite the season for individual awards for Leicester with Vardy’s team-mate, Riyad Mahrez, winning the PFA Player of the Year award last month.

Leicester will be confirmed Premier League champions on Monday night should Tottenham fail to beat Chelsea.