Jamie Vardy Used To Play Completely Drunk Admits Owner

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We’ve all enjoyed the ongoing memes and jokes about Jamie Vardy’s affinity with a blue WKD and a taste for “havin a party”… but just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past season here’s a small sample:

 

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As football fans across the globe marvelled at Vardy’s new-found Premier League talents and revelled in the light-hearted humour surrounding the England striker’s ascendency, little did many know about the forwards arduous climb to the top.

It has since been revealed by Foxes vice-chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, that the 29-year-old battled the effects of alcoholism in his early Leicester career, struggling to adapt following his £1 million move from Fleetwood Town in 2012.

Jamie Vardy has flourished into one of the Premier League’s standout strikers, his 22 goals have been vital in firing Leicester an astonishing league title. But Vardy’s story hasn’t always followed the conventional fairytale script as Srivaddhanaprabha describes, the England international needed speaking to over his professionalism and drinking habits during his early stages at the club.

 

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Leicester’s vice-chairman admitted that he initially had his reservations about signing Vardy from non-league Fleetwood town and took some convincing from manager Nigel Pearson and chief talent scout, Steve Walsh:

 

“I was against signing Jamie Vardy in the first place.

“I asked Nigel Pearson and Steve Walsh about him, checked the scout reports, and I started to believe he would be a good signing, but I had to answer to the supporters who were asking ‘how is a non-league player worth £1 million?’

“It turned out I was the dumbest club owner in the world to them.”

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester Vice-Chairman

 

It was once the transfer was completed that the troubles started, admitted Srivaddhanaprabha. The investor became concerned when he learnt that Vardy was turning up to play in training still drunk from the previous evening’s drinking – a behaviour that threatened his entire footballing career:

 

“The day we bought him, he came to me and thanked me for changing his life.

“He had never had this much money so he was over the moon already. He went straight from the bottom to the Championship, which eventually led him to start drinking booze every single day.

“We had no idea what to do.”

 

 

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Alongside Nigel Pearson and Steve Walsh, Leicester’s co-owner deserves a great deal of credit for the manner in which he dealt with Vardy’s problem with alcohol:

 

“Someone told me that he came to train while he was still drunk. So I went talk to him myself, I asked ‘do you wish to end your career like this? Do you want to stay here like this? We’ll let your contract run out, then release you. Don’t expect a better career path’.

“He said he didn’t know what to do with his life. He’d never earned such a large amount of money.

So I asked him ‘what’s your dream? How do you think your life should be? Just think carefully about what would you do for the club. I invested in you, do you have to do something in return?’”

 

This tactic of tough love proved to be the exact motivation that Jamie Vardy required, the striker responded in a manner surpassing all expectations.

 

 

“After that he simply quit drinking and started working hard in training. His physicality wasn’t as good as it is now. We knew he had explosive acceleration, but we simply had no idea he could be this good.

“He’s adapting, working on fitness training, he’s turned into a new person.”

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester Vice-Chairman

 

Just when you thought the tale of Leicester City couldn’t get any more heartwarming…