Missed opportunity? Leicester City-bound Josh Gordon could've been Derby County's Jamie Vardy

Derby County manager Gary Rowett before the match

The non-league starlet is on his way to Leicester City despite previous reports crediting Derby County with an interest.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy’s rags to riches tale may be too sugary, too clichéd even for Hollywood. Although we’ll wait until the inevitably horrific blockbuster descends on our cinemas before we finalise our opinion.

Nonetheless, thanks to Vardy’s incredible progression from the depths of non-league to the top of the English game, the semi-professional game is again awash with scouts desperately searching for their own plucky protagonist. And, according to the Derby Telegraph, Derby County are among them.

Like the Champions League quarter finalist, Stafford Rangers forward Josh Gordon is making late strides into the game. Although starting his career with Stoke City, the prolific striker bounced around the likes of Rhyl and Newcastle Town before, at the ripe old age of 22, finally earning a route back to the top.

Though not with The Rams.

According to Non League Daily, Gordon has impressed during a three week trial with the King Power club and looks set to complete his move from the Evo-Stick South to the side with a Premier League trophy in their cabinet.

“It’s been sorted as we speak. Agents are going through the paperwork as we speak and it should be completed in the next 48 hours or so,” Gordon, who could soon share a dressing room with Vardy himself, told Non League Daily.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy wins the Barclays Player Of The Season Award

However, you wonder whether this is a missed opportunity for Derby. It’s impossible to tell how well or how quickly Gordon will adapt to life at the top level but the fact is that a lack of an instinctive goalscorer has cost Derby dear this season.

They’ve scored just 41 league goals in 2016/17, the second lowest in the top half, so it’s no surprise they were enticed by prospect of snapping up a player of Gordon’s potential, the Derby Telegraph reported.

After all, Vardy’s non-league upbringing, reflected through his relentless work ethic and instinctive if raw talents, translated excellently into the Championship. If Gordon had the same impact at the iPro, Gary Rowett's side could have harboured realistic hopes of following Leicester into the Premier League.

Derby County manager Gary Rowett before the match

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