Fresh from winning the Premier League title, Leicester City’s Thai owners are preparing to splash £1 million on the squad. There’s talk of electric pace, boundless energy and an ability to ghost around defenders in near silence. Sounds a little like Jamie Vardy, Clive.
But sadly for jubilant fans of the Foxes, this isn’t a new signing to bolster the Leicester City squad ahead of next season’s Champions League campaign, but rather the promise to buy each squad member a brand new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive.
According to the Leicester Mercury, billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha intends to spend close to £1 million on 30 electric cars, each one with a price tag of £32,670.
The all-electric B-Class offers up 124 miles of range and can be recharged in as little as three hours. We suspect the club’s owners will also need to invest in a few charging points at the King Power Stadium, as the arrival of 30 electric Mercs could result in some argy-bargy in the box, Barry.
Naturally, we’d expect each B-Class to be delivered in South Sea Blue, which is the closest match to Leicester’s famous all-blue strip, Jim.
It’s a far cry from the days when club legend Gary Lineker was seen driving around Leicestershire in a small Fiat. Lineker started his career at Leicester, scoring 95 goals in 194 appearances, until he was transferred to Everton in 1985. The England poacher was treated to a Fiat Uno and a Strada during his time at the then Filbert Street.
— James Lewis (@jamielewis75) February 20, 2016
“Gary Lineker, Leicester City aged 21, had his own sponsored Fiat Strada car” Lucky boy! pic.twitter.com/utO5OfzPdu
— Stephen Best (@stevib56) February 8, 2015
The B-Class Electric Drive isn’t the obvious choice for those in search of an electric car, but we’re sure Mercedes-Benz of Leicester will be delighted with the order.
But given Leicester City’s unlikely success, wouldn’t a Tesla Model S P85D be more appropriate, Andy? We think the Ludicrous mode is wonderfully apt for what the club has achieved in the Premier League. And a 0-60mph time of 2.8 seconds means the Tesla is even quicker than Jamie Vardy. But it’s not that great at terrorising defences, Motty.
The question is: what happens if Leicester City go on to win the Champions League? The players were famously treated to a pizza for keeping a clean sheet against Crystal Palace, while the B-Class treats are expected to coincide with an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas.
Victory in the Champions League has got to be worth a small Fiat, eh Gary?