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Leicester City wise to tie down Ndidi to a new deal

Leicester City wise to tie down Ndidi to a new deal

Leicester City have bounced back from their defeat against Manchester United on the Premier League’s opening weekend following their 2-0 win over Wolves last Saturday.

The Foxes went down to 10 men in the 66th minute after Jamie Vardy was shown a straight red for an overzealous tackle on Matt Doherty.

However, as well as claiming all three points, Claude Puel’s men were able to finish the match with a clean sheet with defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi playing his part in the shutout.

The Breakdown

Like he has done for much of his Leicester career, £22.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Ndidi shielded his team’s back four extremely well and, overall, has been a massive acquisition since arriving at the King Power back in January 2017.

The Foxes were left with a gigantic N’Golo Kante-shaped hole after the World Cup-winning midfielder departed for Chelsea in the summer of 2016.

And, manager at the time Claudio Ranieri, who inspired Leicester to their famous 2015/16 Premier League title win, struggled to plug it with Nampalys Mendy failing to carry out the responsibilities Kante previously had in the team as efficiently.

As a result, the Foxes moved for Ndidi, and their decision to tie him down to a new six-year contract is a wise one (via Leicester City’s official club website).

Alongside the likes of Kante, Nemanja Matic, Fernandinho and Idrissa Gueye, Ndidi is one of the best ball-winning midfielders in the Premier League, capable of making tackles and interceptions anywhere on the pitch.

Leicester faced an almost impossible task in replacing Kante, but the 2016 Premier League champions looked to have overcome the conundrum thanks to Ndidi.

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