Leicester City supporters have been reasonably downbeat in recent times after seeing their side suffer a fourth Premier League defeat of the season at the weekend.
Claude Puel’s men went into their encounter with Everton at the King Power Stadium off the back of consecutive victories over Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United, and were thus full of confidence ahead of the visit of Marco Silva’s Toffees. Yet they were unable to record a third straight win in the league in going down 2-1 to the Merseysiders, with goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson either side of a Ricardo Pereira equaliser sealing all three points for Silva’s team.
As such, there have been plenty of frustrated Leicester fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom will be hoping for an improvement from their side as the season wears on having been relatively busy during the summer transfer window.
And the Foxes deserve credit for two deals they pulled off in the recent past, namely the one that took N’Golo Kante to Chelsea back in 2016 for £32.22 million (as per Transfermarkt), and indeed replacing him with Wilfred Ndidi a few months later for £15.84 million (as per Transfermarkt).
And while any side in Europe would suffer from losing a player of Kante’s ability, in replacing him with 21-year-old Ndidi, and indeed making a £16.38 million profit on the two deals, the former’s departure certainly paved the way for the latter to emerge as a Foxes gem.
Ultimately, the Midlands outfit surprised everyone by going on to win the Premier League title back in 2015/16, with midfielder Kante playing as big a part as anyone in helping Claudio Ranieri’s side achieve the impossible that season.
Thus, it wasn’t too much of a surprise to see him leave the King Power Stadium that summer, and it equally wasn’t surprising to see the Foxes struggle in the early stages of the 2016/17 season, forcing them to lure Ndidi away from Genk in the mid-season window.
And the Nigeria international has proven to be a great find in becoming a hugely integral part of the Leicester midfield, going some way to fill the void left by Kante’s departure to Chelsea little over two years ago.
Ndidi has already appeared 69 times for the Foxes in his 18-month stint at the King Power Stadium to underline his importance in the squad, 33 of which coming in the Premier League last season in their run to ninth place under Frenchman Puel.
And with several impressive displays along the way, the 21-year-old is slowly but surely enabling Leicester fans to forget about Kante, which itself is testament to the job Ndidi has done in the heart of the Foxes midfield in the recent years – and at the age of 21, he could be the man for that role for many years to come.
And in spending just £15.84 million on the midfielder, thus earning a £16.38 million profit having sold Kante for £32.22 million six months earlier, the latter’s departure has certainly paved the way for Ndidi to become a gem at the King Power Stadium.
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