I just want to come in and make an impact, show everyone what I can do, bang some goals in.Isaac Vassell
The 23-year-old had to make his way via non-league after release by Plymouth Argyle.
Spotted by Luton Town, he re-ignited his career at Kenilworth Road, so much so that Blues beat off competition to secure his transfer for an undisclosed fee, on a four-year contract.
The striker told bcfc.com that he has the hunger and drive to succeed.
Congratulations on the move – how do you feel about joining Blues?
“I am absolutely buzzing, I can’t wait to get going. It’s been going on for the past couple of months, that sort of thing, and once the Club put in a bid that was accepted, I was just so excited and I am looking forward to moving on to the next chapter in my career now.”
You have had to work hard to this point; your pathway has not been an easy one?
“Definitely. Having the knock back at Plymouth Argyle, being released there, and going to Truro City, really made me all the more driven to get back into it. Not disrespect to Truro in any way. But it made me very hungry to get back to where I wanted to be. At Plymouth I didn’t really play much, I didn’t much of a chance to show what I could do. It was a bit of bad luck and bad timing, really.”
You went part-time at Truro . . .
“Yes, I was doing work on the side on a building site, labouring. I had a few jobs here and there. That sort of thing makes you realise how badly you really want it, to be honest.”
How did you find the move to Luton Town, and being able to make such an impression?
“It was a massive step up from Truro. I didn’t go straight into the team, I had to put in a lot of hard work. I had to improve, learn, try and get better. When I got my opportunity I managed to take it.”
How would you describe yourself as a player?
“Definitely quick. Powerful, really. And I have got an eye for goal. Probably a defender’s nightmare! My favourite position is being off the shoulders, getting in behind teams. Using my pace.”
What do you know of Birmingham City?
“It’s a massive club, I am delighted to be here. And to work under Harry Redknapp, such an experienced head, I can’t wait. I want to do the best I can. From what I have heard from everyone the Club is moving forward and it’s going to be a good place to be at.”
Andrew Shinnie is on loan to Luton Town from Blues. Did you discuss the Club with him?
“Yes. He told me it’s a massive club, Birmingham’s a great city and it’s a good place to be at.”
What kind of players did you admire or model yourself on as a youngster?
“Thierry Henry was one of the ones I looked up to. I liked Didier Drogba. Big, strong, powerful and banging in goals.”
Darius Vassell is your cousin . . . there’s an obvious connection there with Aston Villa?
“Yes, through the family, who support them. But I am a Birmingham City player and that’s what’s important to me now. I will be honest and say I was a fan, you’ve got to be behind the family. He’s been a good role model, he’s made it and done his thing on the big stage so hopefully I can follow in his footsteps. We speak here and there and I met him at his wedding a couple of years back. He gave me a few pointers.”
Are you similar kind of players?
“I think I’m a bit bigger, a bit quicker, too! We are similar in some aspects but also different in others. I reckon I’m better in the air – put that in!"
What are your immediate aims?
“Birmingham is a massive club and we need to be right up there, contending. For me, I just want to come in and make an impact, show everyone what I can do, bang some goals in. This is a great opportunity for me and I can’t let this one pass. I mentioned before about working and maybe doing the things you wouldn’t want to do once you have had a taste of being a (professional) footballer. Now this opportunity has arisen there is no way I will sell myself short. You’ve really got to go for it. I want to do what I can do and improve myself.”