Blyth looks to build on star man Vardy’s advice
JACOB BLYTH hopes the tips he picked up from England ace Jamie Vardy will stand him in good stead after signing for Motherwell.
The striker has agreed to a two-year deal after being released by Leicester City where he trained – and partied – with the Premier League champions. The 23 year-old signed for the club in the same week as Vardy back in 2012 and watched on as his friend became a sensation for both club and country. Now Blyth is hoping to make a similar impression with Mark McGhee’s men.
He said: “Jamie’s rise definitely gives me inspiration. I signed for Leicester on the same week as him so I was quite close to Vards. He was always taking me to one side and giving me tips and advice on how to play. He’s brilliant to look up to and a top guy.
“It says a lot for him that he’s willing to take the time to help others. We all know that in his first season at Leicester he didn’t have the greatest time as he was still adapting to the demands. But even when he went on to break the Premier League goalscoring record he wasn’t big time about it or anything like that.
“He’d always spent time with the younger lads and I’ll definitely stay in touch with him. Getting tips from a guy I think was the best striker in the Premier League last season was just amazing. You’ll always listen to that kind of advice. He just told me to keep my head down, work hard on the training field and if you’re doing well you’ll take that into a game. And he told me to keep on top of my fitness and don’t let yourself get distracted. It was all useful.
“I went on a few of the celebrations at the end of the season which was an eyeopener! That was a really good time, some of the best times of my life. I wasn’t at Jamie’s house that night but I was at the after-party just around the corner. It was an informal thing that the players organised among ourselves and it was brilliant just to be around.”
Blyth never made a first-team appearance for Leicester and wondered what might have been had they not made the dramatic rise to become champions.
He added: “I had a month on loan to Blackpool at the end of the season and a month at Cambridge at the start but I was at Leicester the rest of the time.
It was just brilliant being in and around that winning mentality when the team was doing well. I sat on the bench a few times, at home to West Ham and away to Hull in the cup. And that was a great experience.
“When I first signed for Leicester they were challenging for play-off places in the Championship and if they had stayed at that level I would be playing now. It was just unfortunate from a personal point of view that they went on to win the Premier League!”
TIPS FROM THE TOP: New Motherwell signing Jacob Blyth took advice from Jamie Vardy while at Leicester