Fox in the box is a threat to Albion

The Argus: Jamie Vardy Jamie Vardy

Albion have been warned to watch a vastly improved striker – by the manager who wrecked their unbeaten run.

Jamie Vardy’s two goals against Millwall last Saturday helped Leicester City go top of the Championship with a 3-0 win.

They remain at the summit despite their shock 2-1 reverse at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.

And Vardy remains a big threat according to the man who sold him to the Foxes when he would have loved to have kept hold of him.

Barnsley caretaker boss Micky Mellon kept hold of Vardy as long as he could when they were working together in the Conference with Fleetwood two seasons ago.

Vardy cost Leicester £1million in the summer of 2012 and struggled to score goals last season.

But he has doubled his tally for the club with five already this term.

He will be looking to repeat the feat of his old boss, who guided the Tykes to a 2-1 success on Tuesday, at The Amex today.

Mellon told The Argus: “He is probably one of the most talented strikers in the division in everything he does and in his desire to do well.

“He is a great lad, a lad I had the pleasure of managing and I am absolutely thrilled to bits about the way he is thriving in the Championship.”

Vardy and top scorer David Nugent have been starting up front, leaving former Albion loanee Chris Wood on the substitutes’ bench.

Mellon has no doubts what qualities Vardy brings.

After all, his club turned down an offer of £700,000 from neighbours Blackpool in January 2012 before allowing him to go when they had completed their climb into the Football League.

Vardy scored 31 goals in 36 games for Fleetwood having fired 29 in 41 to help Halifax win the Northern Premier League the previous season.

Mellon said: “He is lightning quick, he is two-footed, he is brave, he will put a major shift in and he is desperate to get the most out of his talent.

“I couldn’t keep hold of him at Fleetwood because he was too good.

“But no one is prouder than I am to see him getting on in his career.

“I think last season he took a bit of settling in.

“He maybe doubted himself a little bit “Now he has got another pre-season under his belt, he has got a bit of momentum and everybody at Leicester believes in him.”

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11:53am Sat 7 Dec 13

tonypulis says...

Vardy is a quality talent. I would love to have him in my side but I know he has ambition so won't bother asking. As for today I think that as long as Bruno doesn't go missing Greer and Upson will have too much experience for him.
Vardy is a quality talent. I would love to have him in my side but I know he has ambition so won't bother asking. As for today I think that as long as Bruno doesn't go missing Greer and Upson will have too much experience for him. tonypulis

11:55am Sat 7 Dec 13

Captain Haddock says...

Definitely a tricky customer! Saw him on the box in his Fleetwood days and was impressed.

A bit surprised he didn't hit the ground running a bit more last term but he's looking very lively now. A genuine threat to our back line. Bridders must start and thrive (as he usually does) to help alleviate the threat.

Also, don't make any clumsy challenges in the box. Nugent's already got several from the spot this season.
Definitely a tricky customer! Saw him on the box in his Fleetwood days and was impressed. A bit surprised he didn't hit the ground running a bit more last term but he's looking very lively now. A genuine threat to our back line. Bridders must start and thrive (as he usually does) to help alleviate the threat. Also, don't make any clumsy challenges in the box. Nugent's already got several from the spot this season. Captain Haddock

11:55am Sat 7 Dec 13

lowerbeedingseagull says...

Unbelievable!!! So The Argus reckon Leicester are wonderful + Albion are going to sell Bridcutt & Ulloh in January. If 25000+ read this from a BRIGHTON newspaper for goodness sake and believe it the ground will be empty today and the shops will be full of people in blue and white on an Xmas shopping mission.!!! Positive journalism Mr Owen,for a change please.
Unbelievable!!! So The Argus reckon Leicester are wonderful + Albion are going to sell Bridcutt & Ulloh in January. If 25000+ read this from a BRIGHTON newspaper for goodness sake and believe it the ground will be empty today and the shops will be full of people in blue and white on an Xmas shopping mission.!!! Positive journalism Mr Owen,for a change please. lowerbeedingseagull

11:56am Sat 7 Dec 13

Captain Haddock says...

tonypulis wrote:
Vardy is a quality talent. I would love to have him in my side but I know he has ambition so won't bother asking. As for today I think that as long as Bruno doesn't go missing Greer and Upson will have too much experience for him.
Haha! Good one, "Tony".
[quote][p][bold]tonypulis[/bold] wrote: Vardy is a quality talent. I would love to have him in my side but I know he has ambition so won't bother asking. As for today I think that as long as Bruno doesn't go missing Greer and Upson will have too much experience for him.[/p][/quote]Haha! Good one, "Tony". Captain Haddock

12:06pm Sat 7 Dec 13

ringtone says...

tonypulis wrote:
Vardy is a quality talent. I would love to have him in my side but I know he has ambition so won't bother asking. As for today I think that as long as Bruno doesn't go missing Greer and Upson will have too much experience for him.
Too much experience is an under statement.

Add their ages together and they would qualify for a free tv licence.

I think the foxes are gonna have too much cunning for these old plodders.

If they can get a draw there will be dancing on the streets of Brighton and Hove.
[quote][p][bold]tonypulis[/bold] wrote: Vardy is a quality talent. I would love to have him in my side but I know he has ambition so won't bother asking. As for today I think that as long as Bruno doesn't go missing Greer and Upson will have too much experience for him.[/p][/quote]Too much experience is an under statement. Add their ages together and they would qualify for a free tv licence. I think the foxes are gonna have too much cunning for these old plodders. If they can get a draw there will be dancing on the streets of Brighton and Hove. ringtone

12:18pm Sat 7 Dec 13

tonypulis says...

lowerbeedingseagull wrote:
Unbelievable!!! So The Argus reckon Leicester are wonderful + Albion are going to sell Bridcutt & Ulloh in January. If 25000+ read this from a BRIGHTON newspaper for goodness sake and believe it the ground will be empty today and the shops will be full of people in blue and white on an Xmas shopping mission.!!! Positive journalism Mr Owen,for a change please.
You could be onto something here lowerbleedingseagull
.There is an obvious link between my previous employers and a certain Argus journalist. A rumour circulating around SE25 Is that they, along with withdeanyears, ringtone and sussexram40, are part of a conspiracy to spread alarm and disinformation amongst the Albion faithful. If this is true then expect a procession of flaming torches and pitchforks around the Argus offices soon. Personally I don't believe it. My club would never stoop so low.
[quote][p][bold]lowerbeedingseagull[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable!!! So The Argus reckon Leicester are wonderful + Albion are going to sell Bridcutt & Ulloh in January. If 25000+ read this from a BRIGHTON newspaper for goodness sake and believe it the ground will be empty today and the shops will be full of people in blue and white on an Xmas shopping mission.!!! Positive journalism Mr Owen,for a change please.[/p][/quote]You could be onto something here lowerbleedingseagull .There is an obvious link between my previous employers and a certain Argus journalist. A rumour circulating around SE25 Is that they, along with withdeanyears, ringtone and sussexram40, are part of a conspiracy to spread alarm and disinformation amongst the Albion faithful. If this is true then expect a procession of flaming torches and pitchforks around the Argus offices soon. Personally I don't believe it. My club would never stoop so low. tonypulis

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