Ghanaian defender Paul Appiah, originally from the Netherlands, recently highlighted the mentorship role played by Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy in guiding young players during their training sessions with the Foxes. Appiah, who joined the former Premier League champions in November following a stint with Aston Villa, is presently on a short-term loan at non-league side Maidstone, where he made his debut against St Albans over the weekend.
In reflecting on his experience, Appiah shared insights into the challenges posed by Vardy on the field, noting, “Vardy’s a handful. You’ve got to check your shoulders with him – you can’t miss him. If you take your eye off him for a second, he’ll catch you in behind, but training with him is good.”
Further underscoring Vardy’s role, especially with younger players, Appiah stated, “Vardy’s one of those players in the first team where he puts his arm around the young players, he helps them, he gets them through a session. He wants us to show our personality.”
Recalling a specific moment from his early sessions with Vardy, Appiah recounted, “I remember one of my first sessions with him. He said I shouldn’t be afraid to put a challenge on him, so he wants the young ones to do well. That’s just how it is with the players – they know what it’s like coming up through the ranks, so they’re supportive.”
Appiah expressed gratitude for Vardy’s inclusive approach, recognizing the striker’s encouragement for young talents to assert themselves on the training ground.
This nurturing environment, fostered by players like Vardy, plays a crucial role in the growth and development of emerging talents within the Leicester City squad. As Appiah continues his football journey, Vardy’s mentorship stands out as a valuable asset during his loan spell at Maidstone and beyond.