Leicester City got back to winning ways at the weekend, and their team spirit was on full display. Jamie Vardy came off the bench to score both goals in the 2-0 win over Watford and had a little help along the way.
Abdul Fatawu showed maturity beyond his 19 years when he helped the veteran Vardy with some wise words when the former England striker missed from six yards. The winger from Ghana was first on hand when the golden chance to score was not taken.
With Vardy falling to the ground in visible frustration, his teammate helped him up and was seen giving him a quick pep talk. This clearly worked as soon after he scored the first of his brace.
“Any time you miss a chance, it sometimes brings you down. But as a team, if a team-mate does this, you just need to motivate the person and get them back.” Fatawu said after the game and reported by the Leicester Mercury.
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“In football anything can happen. I knew he would score as he always does so I was not worried about his missed chances. I know Jamie is an experienced player but sometimes something small can help someone. I just told him I believed in him and knew he would score.
“When something like that happens, you just need someone to talk to you so you get your energy back so I went to him. I was so happy for him and afterwards I went to him and said: ‘I knew you were going to score, I’m not surprised.'”
Both players came on at the same time at Watford, just ten minutes into the second half, and had the winning impact that the Foxes needed to snap a two game losing run. The tricky winger was given every chance to shine by his team, and this proved to be the difference.
“It was a must-win game for us. We had the mindset before the game that we may need to make some changes. It’s all about the courage of the manager and how he plans the team. My own game is getting better and I know there is more to come.”
Leicester City are still firm favourites to gain promotion back to the Premier League but know that they are going to need the squad to play their part. Fatawu is the perfect example of how players can be a huge influence in both their actions and commitment. Having the confidence to encourage even the most established players bodes well for the success of the player, and team.