Friend Versus Friend: Iwobi Out To Punish Best In The League Ndidi As Leicester City Hosts Everton
By Iwedi Ojinmah 11 days ago
It is just four months into the season and the Foxes sit at the top end of the league table alongside heavyweights like Liverpool and Manchester City.
Among the catalysts that have seen this happen are new coach Brendan Rogers and Nigeria international Wilfred Ndidi.
The latter especially has been praised as one of the key reasons why Leicester City are flying
The Three Lions and fellow Fox James Maddison has gone as far as to name him as the best holding midfielder in the English Premier League. something at one time Mikel Obi was hailed as being. Ironically the Blues N’Golo Kante has for long considered being the best in that role.
“I think he’s the best in the Premier League at tackling and winning the ball back, bar none,
“I know [N’Golo] Kante is a brilliant player and there are players like that. But actually winning the ball back and taking the ball off the opposition, I don’t think there is anyone better than Wilfred.
“Sometimes you get a player like that and what he does doesn’t get on the back page of the papers, doesn’t get talked about on Match of the Day.
“He’s fantastic at what he does and he lets players like me and Youri Tielemans do our thing higher up the pitch because we know we’ve got that solidity behind us.”
Ndidi has been an ever-present force in the middle of the park for Leicester City since arriving Genk in 2017 to replace in a case of double-irony the very N’Golo Kante, who left for Chelsea.
Since then the 22-year-old has blown up and taken his art to a completely different level this season.
The stats speak for themselves.
He is currently ranked as the best tackler in the English top-flight with 61 tackles and his 37 recoveries are the most of any player in the English top flight.
There is no doubt that he is a major reason that the Foxes are boasting the league’s best defense having conceded just eight times in 13 games.
In his next assignment will Ndidi likely to be tasked with the mission of stopping international teammate Alex Iwobi (above) from wrecking havoc when Everton and Leicester City lock horns.
Iwobi has effectively taken over that role vacated by Mike Obi in the Super Eagles squad and both he and Ndidi have fit like glove over a hand so this will be one dogfight worth seeing when the two will play against each other.
Something tells me it won't be like practice under Rohr.
The game will be today at 4.30 on SuperSport.