The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Nick Lough

HE MAY top the Foot­ball League’s as­sist charts, but More­cambe’s Ir­ish wing-wizard Jamie De­vitt wants to thank Arse­nal king­pin Me­sut Ozil for bring­ing fame to the for­merly un­der­rated stat.

Hav­ing set up a stun­ning 14 goals for his team-mates in the 2015-16 cam­paign, 25year-old Dublin-born De­vitt trails Premier League ace Ozil by just two in the as­sists col­umn – and thanks the Gun­ners star for high­light­ing the im­por­tance of the feat.


“It’s strange re­ally (to be com­pared to Ozil), but I think that he’s brought more pub­lic­ity to peo­ple who set oth­ers up, as his stats over the years have been fright­en­ing,” said De­vitt.

“I don’t know if peo­ple used to take much no­tice of who set the goals up. It was all about who scored them. “I think now Me­sut Ozil has done what he’s done, more peo­ple are tak­ing no­tice – and I’ve got a bit of credit for mine this year be­cause of that.”

In a typ­i­cally self­less man­ner, De­vitt wanted to share the lime­light with his fel­low More­cambe play­ers and, in par­tic­u­lar, those in the at­tack­ing depart­ment – who have lapped up his crosses and fin­ished them in style, mak­ing the Shrimps the joint-se­cond top scor­ers in the divi­sion head­ing into the week­end.

“I have to praise the lads who are fin­ish­ing the chances – oth­er­wise I wouldn’t have as many as­sists,” he said.

“The team have been scor­ing loads of goals and I’ve got into a rou­tine of set­ting peo­ple up. I’d like to think I’m quite un­selfish.

“You get quite a thrill out of set­ting some­one up, too.”

Part of Hull City’s de­vel­op­ment squad when they were in the Premier League, De­vitt ad­mit­ted he lived quite a fast-paced life be­fore set­tling down with his part­ner Gemma and two-yearold son Ma­son, with the lat­ter giv­ing him the in­spi­ra­tion he needed to suc­ceed in foot­ball.

“I think when I was younger I was a bit fool­ish – I earned good money when I was re­ally young,” he ad­mits.

“I was liv­ing on my own and maybe I didn’t have the right guid­ance, but I’ve got a fam­ily now and I’ve set­tled down. I feel like a bet­ter per­son which is mak­ing me a bet­ter player.

“I’ve got a lit­tle boy and I’m try­ing to give him the best life I can; ever since we’ve had him, it pushes me more and more ev­ery day to give him the things I didn’t have grow­ing up.”

With mid-ta­ble More­cambe eight points off sev­enth place pre-week­end but with two games in hand on most of their ri­vals, De­vitt is con­fi­dent that with a bit of luck the Shrimps can be in and around the play-off spots come the busi­ness end of the cam­paign.


“At the start of the sea­son our aim was the play-offs, and I think we are still striv­ing for that,” he said.

“We’ve had a cou­ple of bad months but I think we are ca­pa­ble of go­ing on a run and string­ing to­gether three or four wins on the bounce.

“That will get us back to where we want to be.

“I don’t think we’ve been writ­ten off but at the minute we are in a predica­ment where we could go ei­ther way – the next few weeks will be vi­tal.

“With our games in hand, we can get right back in the mix again.”

If that is to hap­pen, then it’s a fair bet that De­vitt will be be­hind a fair chunk of the Shrimps’ goals.

Watch out, Me­sut Ozil!

PROUD FATHER: Jamie De­vitt with his son Ma­son and, right, Arse­nal star Me­sut Ozil

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