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Wilfred Ndidi wins Leicester City’s Young Player of the Season award for the second time

Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester’s holding midfielder, last night won the club’s Player of the Season for the second season in a row.

The Nigerian international, who has built a cult following at the Midlands club, told the club’s in-house channel after receiving the award: “It was a proud moment for me”.  He was particularly pleased that it was a vote by the club’s fans.

Tough-tackling Ndidi’s uncompromising style has inspired the terrace chant from the King Power Stadium faithful:  “Wilfred, Wilfred Ndidi, he’ll take the ball from you” since joining the “Foxes” for £17m from Genk in Belgium in January 2017. The 21 year old has been a permanent fixture in the first team ever since.

Ndidi and fellow Nigerian international Kelechi Iheanacho at the awards night

This season hasn’t gone that great for Leicester.  The 2015/16 English Premier League champions are currently ninth in the table with three games left.  Ndidi admitted the season has had its “ups and downs” and the most important “thing is that we’re safe” from relegation.

He is looking forward to next season, while Nigerian fans would be looking to him to maintaining his ball-winning form as next month’s World Cup in Russia approaches.

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