Cobblers boss Boothroyd keen to extend loan of Leicester City striker Blyth

BIG HIT - Jacob Blyth has scored two goals in three starts for Cobblers
BIG HIT - Jacob Blyth has scored two goals in three starts for Cobblers

Aidy Boothroyd has confirmed Cobblers will be speaking to Leicester about extending the loan spell of striker Jacob Blyth.

Blyth has been an instant hit at Sixfields, netting two goals in three starts since arriving from the Sky Bet Championship outfit earlier this month.

The 21-year-old has bolstered a Cobblers frontline which is missing long-term injury victim Alex Nicholls and had been without Clive Platt before he returned to action last weekend.

And despite Platt’s recovery, Boothroyd is still looking into the possibility of keeping Blyth at the club.

“I’m certainly going to have a chat with Leicester about it, and Jacob,” he said. “I think he’s been absolutely terrific.

“He’s scored in both the home games and was unfortunate in the away game (Southend) that he played in because we were down to 10 men.

“He’s a willing worker, he wants to get better, he’s honest, he’s genuine and he’s also got some talent as well.

“He’s learning his trade with with us in terms of what it’s like to be a first-team professional, and it is a lot different to being an under-21 player.

“We’re grateful to Leicester for the opportunity to have to him play for us and I’m sure we can have a chat with them and see if we can do something to keep him for longer.”

But should Boothroyd be unsuccessful in his bid to keep Blyth at the Cobblers, he feels he has other players ready to step up to the first-team plate.

He said: “If we can’t (keep Blyth) then we’ll look within because we’re in a position with the likes of Ivan Toney, JJ (Hooper) and David Moyo, who’s gone out on loan, to bring younger players in.

“It’s got to be a balance that you don’t have too many young players, don’t have too many old players and don’t have too many loan players and that works better in terms of stability for the long haul.”