Much like Her Majesty The Queen, Ladbrokes are releasing their New Year’s list, but, unlike the matriarch’s, its focus is not retrospective, but upon what will be achieved in the coming year.
The firm go 7/2 about Cristiano Ronaldo returning the Premier League, the division that rushed, fouled and shoved him into becoming the irrepressible superstar he is today, during 2016.
As a result the 4/1 on offer about any of the division’s inhabitants raising the record transfer fee paid by a British club beyond the £59.7m Manchester United paid for Angel Di Maria in 2014 looks all the more fair.
However, if the 7/2 available about CR7 returning to England seems encouragingly short to his sterling-spending admirers, the 9/4 about Jamie Vardy being sold abroad during the same timeframe should demoralise those of a Leicester persuasion.
The widespread interest in the former Fleetwood Town man from across the continent in the wake of him breaking the Premier League record for goals in consecutive games means that a move to another country is far from out of the question.
With so few up and coming players from the United Kingdom shining in the Champions League, a strong showing from one of Tottenham’s stable of exciting young English talent at Euro 2016 might be the most plausible route to contention.
Harry Kane will be one of the players tasked with assuring England’s fate is closer to the former than the latter and looks one of the likeliest contenders to conquer another record in 2016.
It’s 16/1 that Shearer’s record is submerged next year, with Watford’s Odion Igahlo (who has netted 14 times in 19 top-flight games and 30 in 37 in total in 2015) is arguably even better placed to craft a new benchmark.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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