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The case for Hibs’ own Jamie Vardy to remain in Scotland

| 11.11.2015

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy may be sending the Premier League into a tizzy with his goalscoring exploits, but Hibernian have a red-hot striker of their own chasing a streak record.

Jason Cummings scored in his seventh straight league game during the 4-1 win over St Mirren, becoming the first Hibee to achieve the feat since 1978. He now needs to score in just three more games to equal the club’s record, set all the way back in the 1959/60 campaign by Joe Baker.

Naturally, the 20-year-old’s form has caught the eye of other clubs, with English outfit Rotherham the first to voice their interest in signing the striker.

Losing their star frontman isn’t likely to be high on Hibernian’s priority list though and teammate James Keatings was quick to publicly dissuade Cummings from heading south.

Aside from the obvious advice of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, Cummings can look to a number of strikers that will reflect on their decisions to leave Scottish football for England and regret them.

Here’s a few examples to put the Scotland U21 international off, should he fancy researching the topic:

Kris Boyd

After banging in 101 league goals in 143 appearances for Rangers, Boyd made a free-transfer switch to Championship outfit Middlesbrough in 2010/11.

That season, after six goals in 29 all-competition outings, the 18-cap international moved on loan to Nottingham Forest, where he managed a far more credible six strikes in 12 games.

His career path never fully recovered from his Boro days and the 32-year-old currently has two goals in 13 appearances during a third stint with Kilmarnock.

David Goodwillie

Goodwillie only had one credible scoring season in the Ladbrokes Premiership at Dundee United before moving to then-Premier League club Blackburn in 2011/12.

Rovers were relegated during that campaign and Goodwillie contributed two goals to the cause. The following season, in the Championship, the striker failed to register in his eight appearances.

A succession of loans followed and the 26-year-old is now with Aberdeen, where he has two Ladbrokes Premiership strikes in nine.

Conor Sammon

It was something of a surprise when struggling Wigan put their Premier League survival hopes in Sammon, by signing him for £600,000 in January 2011.

Sammon had scored 15 league goals in 23 games for Kilmarnock that term, but struggled badly in England.

The Irishman netted just once in seven as the Latics were relegated and followed that with a scoreless campaign in the Championship from 25 outings.

He is now at League One’s Sheffield United, on loan from Derby County.

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Matt Wiggins

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