TalkSPORT pundit and former Leicester City player Trevor Sinclair has piled on the praise for Wilfred Ndidi for his importance to the current side.
The defensive midfielder, initially signed back in 2017, has become one of the more important players in the Leicester City side, leading them in a number of defensive categories including tackles and interceptions as well as averaging an 86.7% pass completion rate (all stats from WhoScored), with Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers recently stating that the 25-year-old is ‘irreplaceable for them’.
But speaking on the talkSPORT Gameday podcast (16:53), Sinclair felt that his performances have been so good that there might be other clubs that will show an interest in bringing him in sooner rather than later:
“I actually looked at Ndidi and I thought, with the way Fernandinho is potentially going to end his career at Manchester City or leave at the end of this season, you always need to rotate as much to see often do. I just thought Ndidi, there’s not many better than him in the Premier League and probably in Europe.
“Really good player very probably underrated, undervalued. I wouldn’t have thought he’s undervalued by Brendan and his teammates because I’m sure they appreciate everything that it brings to that team. But yeah, he makes them tick.”
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TIF Thoughts on Trevor Sinclair’s comments about Wilfred Ndidi’s future at Leicester City
Sinclair’s comments about his importance pretty much ram home the importance that finishing in the top four are going to be for a club like Leicester City. After their collapse last season, they look on course to rectify their mistakes this time and qualify for the Champions League for only the second time in their history.
And with that progression comes the chance to keep key players such as Ndidi, valued at £45m on Transfermarkt, from the prying hands of clubs like Manchester City, for one more season at least. And whilst Sinclair is talking about Ndidi, the same argument could be made for a number of the other key players like James Maddison and Caglar Söyüncü who have both been touted with moves away in recent seasons.