Leicester's New Signing: aiming to replace Ngolo Kante?
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Subject to a work permit, Wilfred Ndidi has agreed to join Leicester City from KRC Genk. The versatile defensive midfielder will set the Foxes back ‘up to £15m’ according to Sky sources.
Ndidi will claim the number 25 shirt at his new club and his purchase seems to be made with N'Golo Kanté’s absence very much in mind.
The midfield scrapper was sold to Chelsea in summer for around £32m and since has been an immensely important part of Antonio Conte’s new-format Chelsea side. With Chelsea flying high and Leicester, last years’ Champions languishing in 14th, pundits have been keen to highlight Kanté and his crucial contributions.
Since the Frenchman’s departure Leicester have lacked his battling midfield presence and work rate, conversely Chelsea have profited immeasurably.
Wilfred Ndidi has big boots to fill at Leicester City but there is promise in Ranieri’s newest purchase. At only 20 years old Ndidi is already capped for Nigeria and has showed great promise for Genk in the Belgian League.
Just like the man he’ll be attempting to replace Ndidi has been adjudged to add steel to a midfield, in-fact he originally found himself in the centre back role at Genk. His range of passing and his skill on the ball, as well as his shooting ability, soon saw him moved into the midfield.
During his two year spell at Genk the young Nigerian made 64 appearances and scored four goals, one of them claiming the accolade of the league’s Goal of the Season.
Wilfred Ndidi could well be a great prospect for Leicester, but translating his skills from Belgium to the Premier League will be no mean feat. A higher standard of opposition and a faced paced, physical game will be his biggest test yet. While the young midfielder has promise, at his point he’s a £15m gamble for Claudio Ranieri. But will that gamble pay off?