Nigeria international defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi scored a candidate for goal of the season at home to Stoke yesterday in the Premier League as Leicester chalked up their fourth consecutive win in the competition since coach Claudio Ranieri was sacked.
Ndidi, following up from his dominant display in midfield for Nigeria in the friendly against Senegal a week last Thursday, received a square ball from Danny Simpson, took a touch and then left fly from about 25 yards, with the ball hitting the top corner before Stoke keeper Lee Grant could even move.
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Ndidi, signed by Ranieri in January from Belgian club Genk for £17m, has become part of a formidable midfield duo with Danny Drinkwater. He scored from a similar long range effort against Derby in the FA Cup and another spectacular hit from him was Goal of the Season in Belgium last year.
Although his role is primarily to provide a shield for the back four, Ndidi is capable of stepping forward to join attacks and has a very good passing range. He told LFCTV that hard work and determination are the key for his progress so far. Coach Craig Shakespeare recognised the importance of Ndidi’s goal to the victory: “The game today never felt comfortable. I did feel that the first goal was going to be important and what a goal it was by the way. He has scored one like that before for us but it gave us a foothold in the game and I thought that was important”.
Jamie Vardy got the second on the other side of half-time with a stunning volley to secure the win that moved Leicester six points away from the relegation places.
As Ndidi is becoming a crowd favourite at the King Power Stadium, fellow Nigerian Ahmed Musa, who was an unused substitute, has struggled to find his form.