Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, who scored against Manchester United on Sunday, has said that the club did their research on Louis van Gaal’s formation and realised that there was an opportunity to exploit his side as a result of his tactics, as reported by BBC Sport.
Vardy was also keen to point out that while the Old Trafford club’s attacking options are genuinely worth worrying about, the nature of the side’s squad that it is possible to make opportunities.
He said: “As soon as we got back into it we were on a massive high, the crowd were right behind us. We created chances and we put them all away.
“We had done our research this week and their attacking options are frightening but the diamond formation they play leaves a lot of space behind the full-backs and we looked to exploit that.
“I am proud of the performance today but the main thing is that we got three points.
“This is a dream come true but I wont let it go to my head. I’ll get back for the Manchester City-Chelsea game and relax on the sofa.”
The former Fleetwood Town striker has had a crazy route to being a Premier League player. Having been released by Sheffield Wednesday’s academy when a youngster, he moved to Stocksbridge Park Steels.
From there, after 107 appearances, he joined FC Halifax Town, where he scored 29 in 41 games. A year at Fleetwood Town saw him score 31 in 36 games, and from here he was snapped up by Leicester City for £1 million.
After winning promotion with them last season as champions, he got his rewards for his efforts by scoring against Man Utd to send his side to a huge win.
Having had a £60 million price tag slapped on him by current club AS Roma, Manchester United target Kevin Strootman has reportedly departed his former agent in favour of finding another who can better put together a move to the Old Trafford club, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
Strootman has linked up with his national team compatriot Robin van Persie’s agent, Kes Vos, in an attempt to better broker any deal that may take place during the winter transfer window.
This has seen him part company with his agent of many years, Chiel Dekker, showing his enthusiasm to make the move to the Premier League.
However, the move will not be easy to put together for either Man Utd or the player, with Roma clearly demanding a huge sum to part with one of their star players.
The club have been buoyed by the financial input of owner James Pallotta, a hedge fund manager from the US, and have no financial requirement to sell.
Despite the young star having signed a new deal with Ipswich Town only yesterday, Arsenal and Chelsea have both cast admiring glances at the Tractor Boys’ 21 year old full back Tyrone Mings, as reported by the Sunday People.
The young star has been integral to Ipswich since the start of the season, as Mick McCarthy’s troops have established one of the best defensive records in the second tier.
There is also said to be interest from Crystal Palace, but manager Neil Warnock is said to have been put off by the fee of £2.5 million that Ipswich are asking for. Arsenal and Chelsea are unlikely to be put off by a fee of that amount.
Arsenal turned around some criticism this week by beating Aston Villa 3-0 away from home. Manager Arsene Wenger saw new signing Danny Welbeck score his first goal for his new side since his arrival from Manchester United for £16 million.