It was an up and down weekend for Jamie Vardy.
The newly minted Premier League 100-club member was named Leicester City Player of the Season by both the players and the fans. Somehow, this was the first time he’d managed either in his eight years as a fox.
Then on Sunday the team completed their late season collapse, finishing outside the Champions League qualification places. A very slight bounceback did come right away as the former England striker secured the Premier League Golden Boot.
⚽️ At 33, Jamie Vardy becomes the oldest player to win the @premierleague Golden Boot - previously Didier Drogba (32) in 2009-10— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) July 26, 2020
Harry Kane is the only other Englishman to be PL top scorer since 2000 pic.twitter.com/jpltWP7OZq
His 23 goals were actually one short of his total from the 15-16 season, but it was his first time as the league’s top scorer, although he was also the Conference top scorer in 2012.
In fact, he was the first Leicester player to ever claim the award in the Premier League and the first in the top flight since Gary Lineker in 1985.
His performance as the league’s top scorer made his selection as the team’s player of the year pretty straightforward. The same could be said for Young Player of the Season Harvey Barnes and Development Squad Player of the Season Luke Thomas.
I remember when I won the Development Squad Player of the Season award and how much it meant to me. To now get the Young Player of the Season award is another special moment for me personally - Player of the Season is the next logical step for Barnes
The most interesting awardee might be Academy Player of the Season Oliver Bosworth. The 18 year old Goalkeeper grabbed the award for the second year in a row, so he’s clearly seen in very regard by the coaches.