Confirmed: Newcastle hunt swoop for player to follow in footsteps of shock success story
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed that the club are scouting non-league football in a bid to try and replicate the success shown by Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.
The 31-year-old’s rise to the top is unprecedented, having moved from the lower reaches of English football to the Foxes, via Fleetwood Town, and the level of impact he has had will have come as a massive shock, having fired Leicester to a stunning Premier League title, as well as becoming an established member of the England squad.
Now Benitez insists that there will be players who can follow in the footsteps of Vardy, confirming that Newcastle are keeping a close eye on unearthing a rough gem of the same ilk.
When asked if the club were looking at non-league footballers, he told the Chronicle: “We try to look at players everywhere, but it’s not easy to find players doing as well as Vardy.
“Nobody expected him to do what he has done. I am sure there will be some players like him in the non-league but it’s very difficult to go up to the Premier League and perform at the level he did.”
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Newcastle have had mixed fortunes when it has come to taking a risk on unproven players, but the majority of those have come from overseas, and nearly always from another top flight. As for those outside of league football, the club have rarely seen anyone make the jump up, and if they have, there are no success stories to speak of. Vardy’s rise to fame comes from both his talent and his style of play, which works perfectly at Leicester and in the Premier League, and Benitez will be right in saying there are those who play in a similar way. Whether they can make the same leap is another matter, but it looks as though the boss is willing to take the risk.
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