By Owen Hunter Jenkins
BRING THE VODKA AND THE CHARLIE!
As some of you may well know, Leicester City Football Club’s Jamie Vardy is truly “having a party” at the moment. Last week was his 11th consecutive Premier League goal, meaning he now holds the record that was previously held by some player called Van Nistel-something. Even though if were being truthful it was never really held by him, as his record spanned over two seasons, but that’s beyond the point.
Needless to say this is an amazing feat in any league, but when it’s in a league that’s arguably the best in the world, it makes it even more of a milestone.
But this blog post isn’t a declaration of Vardy’s superb footballing ability or Leicester’s amazing and well-deserved climb to the top tiers of English football. It’s about Jamie’s tenacity.
As a teenager he was released by Sheffiled Wednesday’s academy for being “too small”. Most players at this point would of given up, as most of the players in top tier football are hoovered up at 6 or 7. But Jamie carried on. At 25 he was playing non-league football for Fleetwood Town. Most of us don’t even know where Fleetwood Town is, let alone that they have a football team. Jamie Vardy is now 28. I don’t think anyone would of predicted that just 3 years later he would hold a Premier League record.
But he does.
It’s not because of his raw talent. It’s because of his tenacity – he runs for every single ball, and gets on the end of every goal scoring opportunity.
There’s a lot to be said for tenacity. It will always beat talent.
KEEP THE FAITH