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Ex-Arsenal Star, Clarke: Ndidi Is Best Ball-Holding Midfielder In EPL

Ex-Arsenal Star, Clarke: Ndidi Is Best Ball-Holding Midfielder In  EPL

Former Arsenal star Adrian Clarke has rated Wilfred Ndidi the best ball-holding midfielder in the English Premier League.

Jamie Vardy has hugged the headlines for his goal scoring prowess for the Foxes who are chasing a Champions League ticket this season but Clarke believes Ndidi is the club’s most important player.

“He (Ndidi) efficiently breaks up play and recovers possession, which allows Leicester’s manager to be ambitious with his team selections,” Clarke told premierleague.com.

”Without Ndidi’s qualities as that sole midfield pivot Rodgers may not have the confidence to also pick two attacking full-backs and twin attacking midfielders.

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“One of Ndidi’s greatest strengths is his uncomplicated style.

“The 23-year-old largely stays in the middle third of the pitch and is rarely caught out of position.

“His choice of distribution is also incredibly disciplined.

“Moving the ball with metronomic proficiency, Ndidi evenly shares out his passes to the six team-mates closest to him on the pitch. ”

Clarke further highlighted Ndidi’s importance to Leicester City stating that Brendan Rodgers’ men struggled to get going during his absence due to a knee injury early this year.

“Remarkably consistent in all of his defensive tasks, Ndidi is without question the most-rounded holding midfielder in the Premier League, ”he added.

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“He ranks sixth or higher in all major categories when assessed against his fellow top-flight central midfielders. The Leicester man is a chief destroyer.

“His importance to the team is highlighted by the fact they failed to win any of the six matches he missed at the start of the year with a knee injury.

“The Foxes have many more eye-catching talents in their squad but without Ndidi’s unfussy brilliance they would not enjoy as much success.

“In his position, Ndidi is an elite footballer. ”

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