16 Dec 2015

'One of the Best': Carra hails 'astonishing' £15m goal-machine wanted by Liverpool. Sign?

Who is the best player in the Premier League this season? There are several outstanding candidates, and according to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, there's no need to look any further than Leicester City for the league's best performers.

Speaking to Sky Sports this week, Carra raved:

"You still don't expect as the months go on that they [Leicester] can keep this run going and that Mahrez, Vardy...will stay fit. They are probably the three best players in the Premier League".

It's hard to argue with this. Vardy - hailed by Martin Keown for his 'astonishing' achievements this seas - and Mahrez are on fire this season, and their personal impact has propelled Leicester City to the top of the Premier League:

Vardy: 18 goals/assists in 17 games (One every 81 minutes) 1468

Mahrez: 18 goals/assist in 17 games (One every 70 minutes)

Combined: 36 goals/assists (One every 76 minutes)

* Vardy and Mahrez have scored 26 of Leicester's 34 league goals this season (76% of total goals).

It's an incredible achievement by these two players, and they're making an absolute mockery of Liverpool's attacking midfielders, who have failed miserably to score/create goals consistently over the last few years.

Take Mahrez, for example: he cost £400k (!) That's £25.4m LESS than Adam Lallana, whose absolutely pitiful league contribution this season is ZERO goals and 2 assists in 13 hours of football.

£15m-rated Vardy is currently linked with a move to Liverpool, and based on his for this season, he's an upgrade on Benteke, Origi, and Ings. That said, as Liverpool have discovered to their cost with the signings of Downing, Lallana et al, there's always a danger of signing players from comparatively smaller teams.

Mahrez and Vardy and the main men at Leicester, and there's no real expectation on them to win the league and/or finish in the top four. Obviously, that's totally different at Anfield, and there's no guarantee that they can handle the pressure.

Liverpool fans will get to see Vardy and Mahrez in action on Boxing Day, when the Reds face Leicester at Anfield, and based on their scoring rate, there's a high probability that one or both of Leicester's shining lights will score.

Author: Jaimie K



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