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TT Battle: Mohamed Elneny vs Wilfred Ndidi

Mohamed Elneny has found game time hard to come by at Arsenal this season following the arrivals of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.

As a result, an exit out of the Emirates could be on the cards for the 26-year-old this month with Leicester City touted as a potential destination.

The Independent reports the Foxes, alongside Southampton, are interested in signing Elneny before the end of the transfer window in a move that should see him gain more minutes on the pitch.

How, though, would the Arsenal man match up to Wilfred Ndidi, a potential midfield partner — or rival — at Leicester?

Mohamed Elneny

Unlike Ndidi, Elneny carries a lot less responsibility in his team, often reduced to playing in just the cup competitions, especially since Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger in the Emirates dugout.

However, when he is fortunate enough to feature for the Gunners, the Egyptian midfielder does end up putting in some very decent shifts.

Playing just in front of the backline, Elneny has shown he is capable of winning the ball before playing the sort of passes that can help Arsenal make a successful transition from defence to attack.

Based on that, the Egypt international may feel like Wenger could have utilised him better given the team’s defensive struggles under the Frenchman and perhaps thought his situation would improve with a new manager at the helm.

With the introduction of Torreira, though, and Emery seemingly a fan of Granit Xhaka, that has been far from the case, making a move elsewhere make a lot of sense for the ex-Basel man.

TT Grade: C+

Wilfred Ndidi

While Elneny is on the periphery at Arsenal, Ndidi is a central figure at Leicester. And it is not hard to see why.

The 22-year-old has done an exceptional job in midfield when considering the hole he has had to fill is the one left behind by N’Golo Kante following the World Cup winner’s transfer to Chelsea.

There, Ndidi provides plenty of energy and constantly wins the ball back for Claude Puel’s side with strong tackles and very clever interceptions.

All things considered, the Nigeria international is probably one of the best in his role in the Premier League and deserves way more recognition than what he is currently getting.

TT Grade: B+

TT Verdict:

Elneny would definitely be a good squad addition to Leicester, but that could be it and nothing more.

Ndidi and Nampalys Mendy have formed a sound understanding in the engine room at the King Power, meaning Elneny would face a difficult task getting into Puel’s starting XI.

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