Nigerian International Emerge Young Player of the Year in England
Super Eagles star, Wilfred Ndidi, has emerged winner of Leicester City Young Player of the Year award for the 2017/18 season. The former K.R.C Genk midfielder won this accolade at the club’s annual award night on Tuesday night.
The 21-year-old beats the duo of Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray to clinch the award. The Nigeria international was also nominated for the Players’ Player of the Season alongside Harry Maguire and James Vardy. Unfortunately, he was beaten by Harry Maguire to the Players’ Player of the Season and Player of the Season honours.
Ndidi who was contracted to replace Kante joined the King Power Stadium outfit in January 2017 and has since become a pivotal member of the team. He was impressive in his first Premier League season and was named the club’s young talent in 2016-17. And he has gone a step further this season, beating Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray to take the Young Player Of The Year for the second time in a row.
Ndidi so far has made 33 Premier League appearance for the Foxes this season, helping Claude Puel’s men remain 9th with 44 points from 35 matches. Surprisingly, he leads the Premier League top tackle charts with 138 tackles ahead of Everton’s midfielder Idrissa Gueye and Chelsea’s l midfield maestro N’Golo Kante.