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Ndidi Shines As Leicester End Chelsea Unbeaten Run; Balogun Starts; Success, Iheanacho Play As Subs

Ndidi Shines As Leicester End Chelsea Unbeaten Run; Balogun Starts; Success, Iheanacho Play As Subs

Wilfred Ndidi posted an impressive performance for Leicester City who defeated Chelsea 1-0 in  Saturday’s English Premier League game at the Stamford Bridge reports Completesportsnigeria.com

Jamie Vardy scored the match winner in the 51st minute of the encounter. The defeat was Chelsea’s first of the season in the EPL at Stamford Bridge.


The game was Ndidi’s 18th of the EPL season. His compatriot Kelechi Iheanacho came on for Vardy in the 84th minute.

Iheanacho has not scored for Leicester since September 22 when he scored Foxes’ first goal in a 3-1 defeat of Huddersfield at the King Power stadium.

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The Nigerian, has started in nine of the 17 premier league games he has played for Claude Puel’s side this term.

Meanwhile, Victor Moses was not listed in the match day squad for Chelsea.

The former Nigeria international has not featured for the Blues in the EPL since September 29 when he came in as a 73rd minute substitute for Willian in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

Saturday’s game represent the 113th competitive meeting between the two clubs, with Chelsea recording 56 wins in comparison to 26 victories for Leicester.

At the Vitality stadium, Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun made his seventh appearance for Brighton Hove Albion who lost 2-0 away at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Ndidi Shines As Leicester Beat Chelsea 1-0, Balogun Starts; Success, Iheanacho Play As Sub

It was Balogun’s fourth start in the EPL this season.

A brace from David Brooks ended a three game winless run for the Cherries.

The Seagulls have lost all four games the Nigerian started and won two of the three he came in as a substitute.

At the London stadium, Isaac Success came on for Troy Deeney in the 84th minute for Watford who spanked their host, West Ham United 2-0.

The former Golden Eaglets star as made 18 appearances this season and his drought spans eight English Premier League Games.

Ndidi Shines As Leicester Beat Chelsea 1-0, Balogun Starts; Success, Iheanacho Play As Sub

By Johnny Edward

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  • Chairmanfemi 3 years ago

    The criticisms has really gotten to him(Iwobi) and I feel sorry for him though..It was obvious when he scored the goal. Despite the criticisms, I still remain his No.1 fan

  • Bomboy 3 years ago

    Keep working hard Mr. Iwobi. Please make consistence your watch word. You are already on the path of becoming one of Nigeria’s all time greats.

  • Super Eagles fans continue to have a season to remember as many of our first team players feature for their clubs with this weekend not being an exception.

    Below are how some media outlets rated Nigerian stars following the round of matches thus far:

    My friend (not literally) Josh Sippie of Painintherarsenal.com gave Iwobi a healthy rating but appeared to be slightly indifferent of his performance when he wrote: “ALEX IWOBI
    SUB, Arsenal
    Did next to nothing until he found the ball at his feet in the 92nd minute and thudded it home. had only touched the ball five times. He did lead the charge for that attack before tuckering out, and lead another charge before tuckering out, but I can’t fault him for wanting to do something when so few others around him were up for it. Maybe that goal can kickstart his confidence.”

    The assessment of Jordan Blackwell writing for Leicestermecury appears closer in rating but less on in content from CSN’s headline above regarding Ndidi’s performance stating: “7 – Struggled in the first half before going close with a superb drive. Improved when City were under pressure in the second period.”

    I couldn’t find a rating for Iheanacho.

    90min.com rated Balogun as 6/10 whilst whoscored.com rated the Nigerian defensive stalwart 6.25 (an improvement from last week’s 5.58 ratings he was awarded against Chelsea).

    Isaac Success’ 4 minute cameo earned no ratings on 90min.com but was rated 6.31 by whoscored.com

    • Whoscored ratings:

      Iwobi 7.1
      Ndidi 6.5
      Iheanacho 6.1
      Success 6.3

      • onwajunior 3 years ago

        Iheanacho 6.1? That guy has been defending for the opponents for the past how many games. It’s unfortunate but he has lost touch. In as much as we all love him and want him to succeed, the fact is that he has been performing below average in almost all the games…can’t even hold the ball without losing possession (noticed this right from his man city days, with the exception of the game against man utd..i bet Pep told him to do one touch in that game)

    • Bomboy 3 years ago

      7.1 for Iwobi is highly commendable. That’s about his highest rating so far this season.

  • Abdul andah 3 years ago

    Pls who knows what’s faring in His new club CD Feirense? I hadn’t neither seen him play for the club nor being dressed at all since the beginning of this since. Pls anyone with an update about him should help.Thanks.

    • Abdul andah 3 years ago

      *I meant Tosin Kehinde at CD Feirense*

      • Just today i tried to get an update on the former man utd academy player, Tosin kehinde. He has not be seen any where close to the reserve list, prrhaps he’s been with the youth team of Fareiense.

        Hope he’s not gone into oblivion, it will be a huge career mistake for him to leave UTD for a little known Fariense, yet will be used.

        Someone should come to the rescue of this youngster,

    • Both he and Alampasu are with the under 23 squad of Feirense. Match stats are not easy to find

  • Ndidi Shines As Leicester End Chelsea Unbeaten Run?

    This will be Chelsea’s 3rd League loss this season.

    Get you facts right.

  • The English premiership has become the destination of most Nigerian young players in recent years given its thrills and frills among others.

    In this elite league, apart from a one or two outstanding and consistent Nigerian players like Ndidi Wilfried, a number of them has not done well enough individually for their respective teams particularly the strikers.I think the likes of Success , Iheanacho and Iwobi need to alot more in their club stars to receive and earn high ratings among African contigents. Unlike the era of Big YAK, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Osaze Odenwingie, Obafemi Martins, not forgetting Kanu and magical Jay jAy who lit the premiership with eye catching performances and brilliant goals, the same cannot be said of the present SE forwards in the Premiership: Iheanacho, Iwobi, Success who have failed to grab the headlines with goals and assist. Their conversion ratio has been very poor due to inconsistencies, poor positioning, which on different occasions have seen them lost their starter shirts.

     Iheanacho chances of first team shirt look brighter of the three, coming from the Etiad in Man City with impressive goal scoring records. Failure to replicate this form in a modest Licester side leaves alot to be desired, and it’s no surprise when he gradually started losing his place from starting line up to picking up cameo appearances.

    • The likes of Kanu, Obafemi Martins, Yakubu and Odenwingie were simply players of very high quality.

      There is the danger that we are simply getting carried away with the current crop of Eagles.

      The likes of Iwobi, Iheanacho, Success and Etebo have a lot of talent – they do – but they don’t display these consistent enough.

      The fact that they have identifiable qualities are good, but these need to be unlocked.


      Iwobi – the propensity to lose possession and not “boss” a game as you would expect are visible.

      Iheanacho – composure, deft first touches, awareness, ball control, stamina, aggression, killer instinct, ability to make something out of nothing, suave, unpredictability, vision, timely-response, cleverness, acceleration (not to be mistaken with speed) : all these were the attributes I came to expect from Iheanacho.

      I don’t see these contents in adequate quantities in Iheanacho’s game. I know he has them (or perhaps, he had them). I hope what will happen is that something will come together for him one day and like Kevin Dr Bruyner, his true potentials will come out in time.

      Go back and critically analyse the way Iheanacho demolished Zambia’s defense to score a beauty; the flying header against Cameroon and his movements against Croatia: you will see that this lad has something that needs tapping into.

      Isaac Success: his own problem is talent management. The guy has huge potentials. He has the right ideas but the execution of these ideas are poor – very poor at times.

      You know when you have a cutlass that is not sharp, you will not be able to cut your grass to desired results. But the fact that you have a cutlass is a good start.

      Isaac Success has the cutlass. He just needs practice (obsessive practice), studying, focus and dedication to sharpen it so his executions can be of the expected quality.

      He also needs to constantly keep his weight in check.

      Etebo: every time I watch Nabil Keita play for Liverpool, I just remember our own Etebo.

      Etebo was my Super Eagles man of the match against Argentina at the world cup.

      He was tenacious, hard to disposses and effective.

      In recent months, it has been hard to place his game. He needs to add finesse to his all round midfield game.

      • Excellent assessment of SE players in the Premeirship; your’re on point on the strenghts and weaknesses of SUper Eagles young forwards- Iheanacho, Success and Iwobi. The fact is that they need to up their game as they’re are not doing enough to keep their place in the world’s expensive league.

  • Pompei 3 years ago

    Iheanacho has been below par in recent times. In my opinion, the last time he performed like we know he can was in the 4-2 spanking of Argentina in the friendly just before the mundial. Since then, the conviction is simply missing in his performances. Loss of confidence? Perhaps a word of encouragement from Rohr or someone assisting him will do the trick. Based on current form though, Iheanacho is simply not up to speed. In my opinion, to merit future invitation to the Super Eagles, I need to see a marked improvement. Even if he is not scoring goals, I want to see the intelligent movement and passing game that he used to thrill us with in the past!

    • PeePee 3 years ago

      Very good observation about Kelechi Iheanacho. In my opinion, I think the young man has all it takes to succeed but he has refused to work hard. My fear for him is that, if he ever loses out at Leicester City, he may find it very hard to get another premiership club. As per the Super eagles, Isaac Success and Victor Osimeh are already ahead of him. The bobo needs to sit up.

  • Abdul andah 3 years ago

    I mentioned it here before that iheanacho was loosing it but one particular guy here didn’t see it that way even when it was very conspicuous to tthe blind. The life of footballers outside pitch has either positive or negative effects in the outcome their game.
    I do follow kelechi closely and I noticed it long ago that he’s not getting well with his off pitch activities as a sport man.
    Recently two ladies were fighting over him. 
    Promise game started deteriorating long ago. sometimes when you say it the exact way you saw it some people take it otherwise. 
    I don’t know why wealth always take the away real deal from our promising players. 
    Ronaldo, Neymar, Ronaldinho and others were from wrechet families but rather than looking back they were determined and blossom with their games…
    With way  things are going for kelechi, I hope he will Not loose it finally soon.
    I wish all Nigerian players all the best both home and abroad. Ameen. Their good performances is of my best interest.

  • The unfortunate truth about Iheanacho is that his end in football is almost here. An insightful look at him shows pride that is affecting him.

    I saw it even when he was at Mancity.He needs to work extremely hard and pray! Otherwise he may not make anywhere football is played…