A few years ago, it would have been a brave man who bet on Jamie Vardy becoming one of the most feared strikers in football.
Too small to play, too slight to mix it, earning so little that he was being forced out of the game he loved, the odds could not have been longer. In 2007, Vardy was playing non-League football at Stocksbridge Park Steels, earning GBP30 per game and supplementing it with a factory job so dire that his back almost gave out.
Having been released by Sheffield Wednesday as a teenager, the indignity was compounded as Vardy was forced to wear an electronic tag after an assault outside a pub.
He would frequently have to ask to be substituted and run home to avoid breaking his curfew.
A lesser man would have been broken. Eight years later, after a meteoric rise through the football ranks, Jamie Vardy squared his shoulders against all the naysayers and set the Premier League on fire.
By the time Christmas of 2015 rolled around, he had scored in 11 consecutive games for Leicester City, breaking Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy's twelve year old record in the process.In The Boy From Nowhere, bestselling sports writer Frank Worrall traces how Jamie Vardy went from playing in a muddy field in Sheffield to being signed by the Foxes for a non-league record of GBP1 million, winning the Championship and terrorising Premier League defences in the process. A real-life rags-to-riches tale that every boy up and down the country dreams of, this is the incredible true story of Jamie Vardy, the boy who came from nowhere to the very top.