Former striker Michael Owen believes Jamie Vardy would struggle to replicate his Leicester City form at Manchester City due to the team’s different approach in style, he told BT Sport's Fletch and Sav show.
Vardy’s incredible form this season has apparently attracted a number of potential suitors, with a December report in The Sun accrediting City with eyeing up a £30 million swoop for the striker.
But Owen feels the former Fleetwood Town man wouldn’t be as effective at the Etihad Stadium, citing the player’s preference in style being in some contrast to City’s controlling possession-based approach.
“He is an amazing player in a sort of counterattacking, burst of speed, using space [team]. If he played for Manchester City, and had to come off short and link play, he wouldn’t be as good a player as he is showing for Leicester,” Owen explained.
Vardy, a former non-league striker, has been a real success story this season as his remarkable form in-front of goal has helped an unfancied Leicester side to the top of the Premier League table with 13 games to go.
The 29-year-old has notched an incredible 18 league goals this season, and earlier in the campaign set a new record for scoring at least once in 11 consecutive Premier League matches.
Leicester’s counter-attacking style ultimately gets the best out of both Vardy and fellow attacking star Riyad Mahrez, though a possession-based approach may in contrast hinder their ability to perform.
With Pep Guardiola set to take over at City in the summer, it’s unlikely that the Spaniard will see Vardy as an ideal candidate to lead the line but the thought of them potentially linking up is quite the prospect.