The shrill blast of the telephone has been responsible for sweaty brows and all manner of strange noises at Leicester City HQ today, as the Foxes admin officials await the verdict on Jamie Vardy’s suspension.
If referee Jonathan Moss reveals the Sheffield-born striker was verbally abusive after being sent off in Leicester’s 2-2 draw with West Ham United an extra match may be added to his suspension, which currently stands at one game.
Vardy received a second caution for his simulated attempt to win a penalty (clearly he wasn’t satisfied with the ten spot kicks his side had received prior to his tumble) and could now miss the game against Manchester United, in addition to the Swansea City fixture he will definitely play no part in.
With 22 goals so far, the Steel City sharpshooter shares top spot in the Premier League scoring charts with Harry Kane and his pace is an integral component in Claudio Ranieri’s modus operandi.
Fears that the Foxes’ incomprehensible title challenge could crumble in his absence, however, are without foundation.
Vardy started each of Leicester’s 34 top-flight fixtures this season and he began all of the matches that followed April 4th 2015 – the date when they inexplicably evolved into Premier League prop ups into unstoppable force – last term too.
Having won a paltry four games all season before toppling West Ham 2-1 on the day in question, the east Midlanders were cut adrift at the bottom of the table.
Prior to that future-reshaping afternoon last spring, Vardy certainly wasn’t a staple in the side. He made the line up on 15 occasions and sat out for all or part of a further 12.
It was during three of those 12 games in which he was off the field at kick off that the Foxes recorded three of the four league victories they mustered prior to the fateful West Ham win.
Their triumph-to-game percentage without Vardy stood at 25%, but dropped off dramatically to 7% when he was included, proving they can cope without their talisman if he is indeed banned for two games.