Manchester United boost as Wilfred Ndidi considers his future
Brendan Rodgers’ side were long considered favourites to finish in the top four. Terrible form and injuries post restart saw them drop off, with United putting the final nail in their coffin on the last game week.
Ndidi put on a dominating performance against United last Sunday. He effectively shackled Bruno Fernandes as the Portuguese struggled to impact the game positively.
It was reported earlier that Ndidi is a part of United’s summer shopping list. The Nigerian has established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the league.
Filling the void left by N’Golo Kante is a tough ask. The young Nigerian has done it seamlessly and done it well. Ndidi racked up 138 tackles in his debut Premier League campaign. This left him 25 ahead of Kanté. (h/t LCFC)
His ability to play out from the back and start off attacking moves will add another dimension to United’s midfield. Ndidi can counterbalance the attacking responsibilities of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
He followed it up last season with 143 tackles, 14 more than then Crystal Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka. His ability to orchestrate and also break up the opposition attack has allowed Leicester’s attacking talents to thrive.
Ndidi continues to showcase his excellent tackling abilities. He made 129 tackles in the Premier League this season and is tied top alongside Wan-Bissaka.
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An added bonus is Ndidi’s familiarity with the English game. With there effectively being no pre-season ahead of next season, a player who can adapt instantly will be worth his price in gold.
His impressive performances had seen him get linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium. However, the player who is contracted at the King Power Stadium until 2024, revealed he has no intention of going anywhere.
Given Leicester’s capitulation and the heartbreaking agony of missing out on top four, it remains to be seen if he feels the same way.