The jet-heeled striker made history when he became City's youngest ever player in first team football when he made his debut as a substitute in a League Cup clash with Blackpool in September 2005 at the age of 15 years and 203 days.
Much was expected of the forward. He'd been on City's books since the age of ten and, despite not featuring regularly for the Foxes first-team, he'd regularly represented England at U16 and U17 level. In fact, he bagged a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands in his first start for England U17s.
However, what was meant to be his big breakthrough year in 2006-07 was ruined by an unfortunate cruciate injury. Ian Holloway and Nigel Pearson both gave him a few chances to make an impact on the City first team but his future was away from the Walkers Stadium, going on-loan to lower league sides Wycombe Wanderers and Grimsby Town. A loan move to York City and he impressed the Minstermen, eventually joining on a permanent deal in 2011.
Date Competition Opposition Result Start Sub Goals 1 20.09.2005 League Cup 2 Blackpool (H) 2 - 1 2 26.11.2007 Championship Cardiff City (H) 0 - 0 3 01.12.2007 Championship Southampton (H) 1 - 2 4 04.12.2007 Championship Burnley (A) 1 - 1 5 08.12.2007 Championship West Bromwich Albion (H) 1 - 2 6 04.05.2008 Championship Stoke City (A) 0 - 0 7 04.11.2008 League Trophy 3 Rotherham United (A) 0 - 2 8 14.01.2009 FA Cup 3 rep Crystal Palace (A) 1 - 2 9 14.02.2009 League One Swindon Town (H) 1 - 1