It was only after Claudio Ranieri’s sacking at Leicester City that Jamie Vardy really got hot last season.
The star of the Foxes’ unforgettable Premier League triumph in 2015-16, Vardy returned back to earth in the first half of the 2016-17 campaign.
A run of 16 games without scoring for his club between September and December left many wondering if the former non-league striker was just a one-season wonder.
But Ranieri’s dismissal in February prompted an impressive run as Leicester climbed away from the relegation zone to finish in 12th place under Craig Shakespeare.
Vardy scored nine goals in the final 16 matches of the season to end with a respectable tally of 16 goals in all competitions.
Vardy was linked with Arsenal this time last year
This time last year, the 30-year-old was being linked with a move to Arsenal as a reward for his 24-goal effort as Leicester won the title.
Vardy ended up rejecting the Gunners in order to play in the Champions League with the Foxes - a decision that he admits was an “easy” one to make.
"You think about what might happen, what might not, where you could be, where not. Every time I thought about every little thing, both head and heart were saying, 'You need to stay’,” the England international said, per Sky Sports.
"In my professional life it was the hardest decision. It was hard but, like I said, when it came to my head and my heart it was an easy decision.
“It was a nice compliment they wanted to buy me. But my head and heart were saying stay."
Vardy has been linked with a surprise transfer
Vardy has another decision to make over his future if reports in Turkey are to be believed.
According to Turkish media agency DHA, as brought to our attention by The Sun, Fenerbahce are plotting a surprise move for the Leicester striker.
The 19-time winners of Turkey’s Super Lig are plotting a double move for Vardy and his teammate Ahmed Musa.
Fenerbahce's plan to convince Vardy
Fenerbahce, who finished third last season, will use the offer of European football to attempt to convince Vardy and Musa to leave the King Power Stadium.
It’s hard to see their plan working, however. Vardy has broken into the England side and the thought of him risking his chances of making the squad for next year’s World Cup are slim.