Leicester City player Wilfred Ndidi looks set to be the first team’s 10th departure of the season. Football transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Premier League side and Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest are interested in the Nigerian central midfielder. Romano further added that Forest have agreed personal terms with Ndidi and will ‘push’ to sign the midfielder in the coming days with an official bid being prepared.
Once a fan favorite and an integral member of the starting line-up, Ndidi currently looks a shadow of the player he was a few years back. While he always lacked quality of the ball, he made up for that with his tremendous ball winning ability. For four seasons straight, he was in the top 4 (and the top most twice) for most tackles made in the EPL.
In the last two years, he has struggled to have an impact in breaking down opposition play while remaining woeful on the ball. Enzo Maresca has attempted turning him into an offensive box to box midfielder but that hasn’t been very effective. Newly loaned youngster Cesare Casadei seems better suited to that role than the Nigerian.
The 26 year old is one of the seniormost members of the current squad, having joined the club way back in January 2017 from Genk. The Nigeria international has played 242 games for the club, scoring 12 goals and assisting a further 12 goals.
With less than a year left on his contract, a cut price deal for Ndidi is likely. However, this move demonstrates Maresca’s seriousness about the rebuild and shows how club seniority doesn’t matter if you’re not performing well. Even though Ndidi could be considered ‘deadwood’ now, there’s no doubt that many fans will be sad to see the long serving Nigerian icon depart the club.