So, with a sharp decline in defensive contributions, you would expect logically that the player’s contribution would switch to more progressive intent: passing. Well, this was equally disastrous. I think FB Ref is fairly accurate on this point.
Ndidi is within the 1st – yes 1st – percentile for expected assists, 3rd for expected goals, fifth for progressive passing, and only 34th for successful take ons. This means that when judged against his peers from the top five leagues in Europe, Ndidi is one of the worst for decent, progressive, and/or creative passing, while also being shambolic at taking the ball forward. A regressive and poor display.
At least all the others who have thus far made apologies or comments have contributed or tried to contribute to the team. Players such as Kelechi Iheanacho, ‘Madders’ and Ricardo Pereira have done their best this campaign and do not deserve any hate towards their comments. The only player on a similar level to Ndidi here is Daniel Amartey who’s comment was to post pictures of himself out of Leicester City colours and completely ignoring the fact he was a part of a failing team.
Many of these players shall be leaving, and Wilfred Ndidi should not be excluded. He has not performed well enough, is paid well enough to do better, and any sale could fund a couple signings for the EFL Championship campaign. Leicester will have a sizeable budget to replace this fallen Nigerian.