Brendan Rodgers highlights Ndidi's importance to Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers highlights Ndidi's importance to Leicester City

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has highlighted the importance of Wilfred Ndidi to the team.

Leicester is sitting second on the English Premier League table and Ndidi has helped the side top the charts for the most tackles per game across Europe’s top five leagues with an average of 22.2.

“Ndidi is key for our team, but for any team, you need a good defensive midfield player that can do a lot of the dirty work as they say,” said the City boss after Saturday’s win over Arsenal.

“He is improving all the time. His defensive qualities, he has a great brain to read the game.

“He smells danger. He can cover the ground so fast, he can press up to the ball, he can cover in.

“Tactically he is improving and playing better. He is playing in a specific position we haven’t played before where he can run and he has got a clear role to sit and protect and be that link player.

“With the ball, he is getting better. His game is simple. He just needs to serve the players in front of him and be an option to play off the centre-halves and full-backs and continuity in the game.

“So yeah, it has been great to see his development and he is only going to get better.”

Ndidi is currently on international duty with the Nigerian team as they prepare for the 2021 AFCON qualifier against Lesotho on Sunday.