MODEST STRIKER IS HERO ON HOME ISLAND
WHEN it is suggested to Nahki Wells that he is a “hero” in Bermuda, the striker awkwardly fumbles for words.
“Well, yeah, I guess so if that’s how you want to put it,” he says.“I suppose I’m quite well known.”
Wells is being modest. Google his name and the top two news reports are from Bermudan papers covering his exploits with Huddersfield.
As ex-Man City star Shaun Goater and former Stoke striker Kyle Lightbourne found, the Bermudans love nothing more than a local boy making headlines in Blightly.
“The support’s great,” he says.“They love to see people doing well overseas and hopefully paving the way for other young players to follow suit.
“I watched the likes of Shaun and Kyle when I was a bit younger and they were my role models.They showed me that if you have ability, you can make something of yourself.
“Now young, ambitious footballers will be looking up to me and as a Bermudian I want to help them along the way. I hope I can do that.”
Wells still speaks to Goater, the striker whose 84 goals in 184 games helped Man City rise from the second division to the Premier League – though contrary to popular myth, he was not advised to come to England by the 43-yearold.
“I’ve spoken to Shaun quite a few times, but not like that,” he adds.“I think it was reported in the papers and misunderstood somewhere along the line. It’s not that I didn’t speak to him. It’s just that I didn’t need advice because I didn’t have any options. I had the chance to go to Leeds, it was obviously a brilliant opportunity. I didn’t need any convincing.
“But I still see him and he continues to wish me well. He’s always there if I need advice, which is great.”