Jamie Vardy’s procrastination suggests he won’t be Arsenal’s new Ian Wright even if he does sign.
If I were manager of Arsenal, I’d be looking for other options on the transfer front. Why wait for a player who is not chomping at the bit to join? I’d even consider withdrawing the offer, as it seems obvious that Vardy is hoping for other offers to come in from other clubs by the end of Euro 2016. If that happens, he can play the other clubs off against Arsenal and secure a larger pay packet. Alternatively, he can move to another big Premier League club. Neither situation suits Arsenal.
Of course, if Vardy stays with Leicester, he will be playing safe. There, he is a big fish in a small pond. At Arsenal, he’ll be a minor star, who may be played out of position and might be benched if he doesn’t perform. At the age of 29, does he really want to take that risk?
For that matter, do Arsenal still want to take the risk on an uncommitted striker just short of 30, who has had one good Premier League season? I’d seriously consider pulling the plug on the deal, as the deadline for a decision has come and gone. Vardy’s inaction speaks volumes.
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