Jamie Vardy could have a major role in the development of Leicester City’s promising young strikers.
The 31-year-old is City’s main striker but he should also be an example and a role-model to City forwards like Demarai Gray, Kelechi Iheanacho, James Maddison and Fousseni Diabate.
Former City striker Emile Heskey says he was given huge support when he first emerged into the City first team from the academy by senior professionals like Tony Cottee and believes Vardy could also be invaluable in the development of his young team-mates.
“He is very important, especially with the way we play, very direct and attack minded at times,” said Heskey, speaking at the launch of GOALS’ Restart Game campaign in Leicester.
“As you saw versus Liverpool, there were times when we were trying to play the ball over the top but there was no one to run on to it, but he is that willing runner and gives you that option all that time.
“We need to wrap him up in cotton wool because we need him.
“They will learn that big game knowledge from him. That is how I learned. I was lucky enough to play alongside the likes of Tony Cottee and players like him. They helped me along.
“Having Jamie playing alongside him is great but you have to be willing to learn from players like him.
“I had Cottee who was a phenomenal player and goalscorer. He helped me with my game.”