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Get rid: Leicester simply must not be swayed by £13.5m-rated star’s World Cup exploits

Leicester City supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their team seeking to build upon their decent ninth place finish last time round.

The Foxes made a sluggish start to last term and that ultimately cost Craig Shakespeare his job, with former Southampton boss Claude Puel appointed his successor in a bid to take the Midlands outfit away from the bottom three. And the Frenchman did just that by leading the 2016 league champions to ninth place come the end of the campaign, although their form in 2018 was something of a concern given they won just five of their 18 Premier League matches from the turn of the year.

Nonetheless, with a full pre-season and summer transfer window under his belt, many of our resident Leicester fans are hoping for even better under Puel this season, while several have been somewhat taken aback by Ahmed Musa’s fine efforts for Nigeria at the World Cup in recent times.

And while the £13.5 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) performed brilliantly for the Super Eagles in a 2-0 success over Iceland on Saturday, Leicester simply mustn’t be swayed by his efforts, and must look to get rid of the forward this summer amid reported interest from Galatasaray and Wolves.

Ultimately, things simply haven’t worked for the 25-year-old since his move to the King Power Stadium back in 2016, with the forward mustering just 33 senior appearances for the Foxes in the last two years, netting only five goals in the process.

In fact, Musa was so low down on Puel’s pecking order back in January that the Frenchman sanctioned his departure to former club CSKA Moscow on loan for the rest of the 2018/19 season, which itself underlines how bleak his future prospects currently look at the Midlands outfit.

Yes, the Nigerian ace deserves great credit for two brilliantly taken goals in a man-of-the-match performance against Iceland last weekend, but one mustn’t forget that he has seriously struggled in English football since his arrival at Leicester – that isn’t necessarily going to change off the back of a decent World Cup.

And with Jamie Vardy continuing to lead the line for the Foxes, it’s difficult to see how Musa can play in his preferred centre forward position in Puel’s side, with the 25-year-old only appearing eight times in that role since his move to Leicester – he played 11 times there for CSKA Moscow in the second half of last season.

Thus, while the Nigeria international single-handedly helped his country to victory last weekend, Leicester simply must not let his World Cup exploits detract from an otherwise disastrous spell in English football for the 25-year-old.

And with reported interest in the forward, the Foxes should still seek to get rid of him this summer.

Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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