The emergence of Wilfred Ndidi

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Wilfred Ndidi will go down in Leicester’s history books as one of the significant players, Africans and Nigerians that contributed to their first-ever Quarterfinal appearance in their first participation in the UEFA Champions League with a victory over Sevilla.

The Nigerian midfielder was snapped up by Leicester from Genk officially on the 3rd of December 2016 with a reported 15 million pounds fee plus 3 million in potential add-ons. I guess that’s one of the rare big amounts used to secure the services of a Nigerian player in Europe recently. He made his official debut for the foxes on January 7th, 2017 in 2 goals to 1 win against Everton in the third round of the English FA cup.

Ndidi is gradually carving a niche for himself in Leicester’s midfield and team, as he played a major part in their cruise to the quarter-finals at the expense of Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla, being a mainstay in the starting lineup. He’s turning out to be the ideal partner to Drinkwater in midfield since the departure of the workaholic Kante

A player who is relatively decent aerially and a good tackler of the ball. The only Nigerian player who has shone and played a major part for his team at this stage of the UCL as a starter and not in substitute cameo appearances, and hopefully will contribute more to his side in further stages of the competition.

Wilfred Ndidi’s numbers for Leicester City in all competitions this season are given below:

7 appearances for Leicester in the premier league. All starts.
630 minutes played so far in the PL
2 appearances in the FA cup. 1 start and 1 sub appearance
2 appearances in the UCL. All starts
180 minutes played in the UCL
1 yellow card to his name in the UCL
No cards to his name in other competitions
1 goal scored for Leicester in the FA cup

Pretty much a decent contribution to his new side so far. We hope he maintains the character and consistency that has made him a mainstay in the Leicester side even after the departure of Claudio Ranieri.

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