Notts County: New striker Jacob Blyth looks forward to challenge at Meadow Lane
NOTTS County have signed a striker that could help fire them back into the promotion race in League One – and help sort out their finances!
The Magpies have swooped for 20-year-old Leicester City frontman Jacob Blyth on a one-month loan.
The youngster was working in accounts at a tool company and playing for non-league Leamington up until only nine months ago, when the Foxes plucked him from the Southern League Premier Division and gave him a pro contract.
It is handy he's good with numbers because Notts were in the High Court on Monday facing a winding-up petition after not paying HM Revenue & Customs on time in December.
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The club will certainly be hoping the numbers stack up for Blyth in front of goal and he is set to go straight into the Notts squad for their trip to Walsall in League One on Saturday.
He is the second loan signing made by caretaker boss Chris Kiwomya in six days, following Manchester United attacker John Cofie into Meadow Lane.
Cofie, 20, penned a one-month loan deal last Friday and scored on his Notts debut 24 hours later in a 1-1 draw against Crewe.
Blyth has banged in the goals for Leicester's development squad this season, but has not played for their first team in the Championship – although he tasted League action for the first time in his career on loan at League Two Burton Albion, playing two games as a sub.
He played for Nuneaton Griff and Bedford United before joining Leamington in January 2010 and went onto score 24 goals in 64 games for them to catch the eye of several League clubs.
The arrival of Cofie and Blyth shows a big shift in strategy in the transfer market by Notts since they sacked Keith Curle.
Curle tried to land the likes of Jason Scotland, Chris O'Grady and Lee Barnard in January, but Kiwomya has opted for youth in an attempt to spark the Magpies' season back into life.
Highly-rated Blyth will train with Notts for the first time today and tweeted: "Looking forward to the challenge ahead!!"