Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki is confident Jamie Vardy can make the switch from the counter attacking style the Foxes had adopted under Claudio Ranieri to possession based football, which is preferred at Arsenal by Arsene Wenger. The Italian led the King Power Stadium outfit to their first Premier League title, but is now in danger of losing his top stars to traditional giants of English football.
Vardy has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium after the Gunners triggered his £20m ($28m) release clause as Wenger is looking to add potency to his fledgling strike force. Arsenal are said to have offered the 24-goal forward a four-year deal worth £120,000-a-week ($175,000) and the deal looked as good as done on Saturday (4 June) before the Leicester hierarchy stepped in and made a counter offer, which has turned the striker's head yet again.
The north London club were expecting to complete the signing before the England international left with the Three Lions squad for the upcoming Euros in France, but according to the Mirror, the deal could be in danger of slipping through their fingers with the striker now considering the Foxes' offer.
The news of Vardy's possible arrival at Arsenal sparked a debate regarding the striker's ability to adapt to Arsenal's quick passing style of play. Pundits and former players were unsure of his ability or that of Arsenal's current squad to play to his strengths, but his Leicester teammate Okazaki is confident that the 29-year-old forward has the potentials to adapt to any style, while also suggesting that the quality of players at Arsenal will allow them to play to his key strength – his pace.
"I think he has the potential to adapt to any style of soccer. At Leicester, we just happened to play the way we did and he fit fine," Okazaki said, as quoted by the Japan Times.
"But even in a team that plays possession soccer, he has that sudden burst of speed and there are a lot of players at Arsenal who will notice that right away and play to that strength of his, like the way they did with (Danny) Welbeck."
"He's not someone who only tries to get behind the defense, though. He picks his spots. Someone like me, I have to really get set up and then go but he can quicken instantly, go from zero to full speed. He can adjust to any style," the Japan international explained.