James Tomkins names Jamie Vardy as his Player of the Year

Jamie Vardy

West Ham are set to take on Leicester City on Sunday.

West Ham United defender James Tomkins says Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy would be his pick for Player of the Year, in comments given to the club’s official website.

The striker has enjoyed a sensational season for the Foxes this year, with 21 goals in the Premier League so far.

That has seen him play a key role in his side’s title challenge as well as looking a certainty to travel to Euro 2016 with England this summer.

This week saw those performances recognised as he was named on the PFA Player of the Year shortlist alongside Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante, Dimitri Payet and Mesut Ozil.

For Tomkins though, Vardy should be the winner after his impressive achievements.

“Jamie Vardy has been brilliant this season and his story is one that all lads dream of,” he told whufc.com

“From where he has come from gives belief to all young lads who have been rejected by bigger clubs and have gone down the leagues.

“I would 100 per cent take him to the Euros this summer. He has good movement and you wonder how he didn't progress quicker than what he has done. He would be my Player of the Year.”

While Tomkins is keen to see Vardy with the Player of the Year trophy, he will be keener to hold him at bay this weekend.

His side face Leicester City on Sunday, with the Hammers needing a victory to end a run of draws and get their Champions League hopes back on track.

Stopping Vardy will be key to doing that although given his form in recent weeks that will be a job easier said than done.

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