LEICESTER boss Nigel Pearson has hailed Jamie Vardy for ramming his critics' words down their throats.
The livewire striker, 28, endured a poor first season at the club after he arrived from then non-league Fleetwood in 2012.
But he has now starred in the top flight after being nominated for April's Premier League Player of the Month.
Pearson said: "It's great to have people nominated for player of the month, they've all bought in to what we're trying do.
"But take a look at Vardy for instance, look at his rise from being a Conference player.
"When he first broke on to the scene here, there were plenty of people who were questioning whether he could play in the Championship. But players need time to adapt.
"Especially with strikers if chances don't go your way or you're not creating chances - they're under even more pressure.
"I believe players like Vardy have surpassed probably their own expectations of how far they can do. There are always positive stories around."