The decision to make a £20m move to Arsenal is not one speedy striker and lauded banter merchant Jamie Vardy will take in a hurry.
However, his deliberating over whether to leave Premier League champions Leicester City for a life of top-four finishes and runs to the latter stages of the FA Cup in north London has got plenty of people in a fluster.
According to some reports, Roy Hodgson wants the matter resolved before England kick off their Euro 2016 campaign against Russia this weekend, while the Daily Mirror states the whole of Arsenal – from majority stakeholder to match-day burger flippers, presumably – are sleepless at the thought that dallying Vardy will stay put.
In a desperate attempt to ward off interest from the Gunners, Leicester have allegedly offered the England international improved terms on a contract he only signed in February and, although the opportunity to represent such a prestigious outfit will probably never resurface should he spurn it, the 29-year-old would be best served loading another ink cartridge into that Foxes-branded fountain pen.
To understand the reason why, consider Theo Walcott.
Once heralded as a superstar of tomorrow, the Arsenal forward is today still smarting at his overlooking for England’s Euro 2016 squad.
To compound his Three Lions rejection, the 27-year-old is also facing the prospect of being banished from the club who have paid his last ten years’ worth of paychecks as the Gunners look to make room/generate cash to facilitate Vardy’s arrival.
Widespread rumours today link the former Southampton prodigy with a £25m move to West Ham United, with Arsenal thought to be keen to clear out a player who mustered just five Premier League goals and two assists last term.
Having failed to hit double figures in every top-flight campaign aside from an outstanding 2012/13, few would debate how Walcott hasn’t lived up to his teenage billing.
Whatever rests at the root of his toils, the similarities in playing style between the outbound Gunners forward and potential successor Vardy are evident.
Had the Arsenal ace been the beneficiary of the heaps of space counter-attacking Leicester expertly exploited last term, 24 goals wouldn’t have been beyond him.
If asked to specify their strongest assets, both may well point to their pace and finishing prowess, but Walcott’s plight is proof enough that such qualities don’t guarantee results at Arsenal.
Vardy – 5/1 to be England’s top scorer at Euro 2016 – may bear more battle scars having scaled the pyramid of English football from foundations to apex, and thus may be better programmed to deal with these difficulties, but the technical resemblance between himself and the man Arsene Wenger wants him to succeed is indisputable.