Update - October
You know I like my challenges nice and tight. None of this cantering across the line for me. So let's get right to it:
Vardy gets the dreaded injury.
Not a 2 month injury which would clearly have spelt the end off this challenge. No, a 10 day injury, just short enough for me to think I might still be able to pull this off. Just the way I like it... 😳
On the plus side, Vardy is no longer struggling to settle into the team. I guess at this point he just wants to play!
That means there's no need for me to bring in an Englishman on a free signing. Lucky, because the choice is pretty poor: Bobby Zamora, Leon Osman and Jamie O'Hara. I don't have England loaded so that's it. The Joker window is still open, so I can buy an Englishman playing in France. There is one and he looks slightly better than the free signings, but I don't want to waste any money on him (I want it for January).
What money I hear you ask? Didn't I try to talk Ashez into joining on a free? Well, I had £6M stashed away in the wages fund, but don't tell Ashez - he might change his tune and ask for a £6M signing fee!
Obviously the injury has affected Vardy's output, but not as badly as it might have been.
We had 5 games in September and he only missed 2. He got injured in the 8th minute so he really he missed 3 games. I wasn't expecting much in the comeback game, as I started him when only at 86%, but he scored.
He's now up to 17 goals from 13 matches:
Could be worse. And yet in such a tight challenge with such small margin for error, I have to wonder if it's enough. I have this sinking feeling he might make it to around 78 or 79 goals...
We're doing quite nicely as a team, although there have been a couple of games where we've been a little flat.
Not great to have an injury scare, but let's look on the bright side: He only missed 3 games and came back scoring. Now we need to get him back to full condition (at 91% for the next game) and keep him scoring goals. And maybe get some stress therapy for his manager...