Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is glad to have Wilfred Ndidi back on the pitch after his lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The Nigerian international had been missing since January, and unsurprisingly, Leicester went missing during that time, too.
The Foxes lacked control and authority in the middle of the park, the direct consequence of which has been a horrible run of results and butterflies in the stomach from now till the end of the season.
With him back, though, you would think that there will at least be calmer heads in the dressing room. After he made his first start for nearly two months against Birmingham City in the FA Cup, Rodgers stressed on his importance, highlighting the lack of depth the side have when it comes to his replacements.
“He’s a huge player, and our squad, we don’t have the depth to miss that level of player,” Rodgers said.
“A lot of the guys that come in, they contribute so well, but when you have one of the best ball-winners in the Premier League out for a period of time, of course, you miss him.
“The plan was to give him an hour, get some game-time into his legs, and it was great to see him out there.”
Ndidi has arguably been the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League for two seasons now, having improved massively from when he first arrived.
As well as consistently being up there in the league charts for the most tackles and recoveries, he has also been responsible for turning Leicester into one of the country’s better defensive outfits. Remember, when he was fit and firing, the East Midlanders were not conceding a lot.
When Kante left for Chelsea immediately after the title triumph, and let’s be honest here, none of us thought that Leicester will ever find someone with half his ability, let alone someone as good or better. Ndidi, however, has proved everyone wrong, even if it took him a bit of time.