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Ndidi Stars As Leicester Edge Newcastle; Iheanacho Benched, Musa Left Out

Ndidi Stars As Leicester Edge Newcastle; Iheanacho Benched, Musa Left Out

By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was on from the start for Leicester City as they recorded their third straight win in the English Premier League, coming from a goal down to defeat Newcastle United 3-2 at St James Park on Saturday.

Ndidi’s compatriot Kelechi Iheanacho was and unused substitute for the third straight league game while Ahmed Musa was left out of the matchday squad.

Riyad Mahrez, Demarai Gray and Ayoze Pérez (own goal) scored for visitors with Joselu and Dwight Gayle scoring for the hosts.

The win moved Leicester City up to eighth in the EPL table with 23 points from 16 games.

Joselu Newcastle the lead after six minutes, but Mahrez restored parity for the Foxes in the 20th minute.

The Algerian winger collected a pass from Ndidi in the centre of the pitch and surged forward before unleashing a thunderous shot which beat Karl Darlow from 25 yards out.

The second half came to life in the 60th minute as Gray made it 2-1 as his deflected shot off Florian Lejeune flew into the top left-hand corner of the net.

Gayle then saw his 73rd minute shot deflected off Harry Maguire into the bottom corner past Kasper Schmeichel to make it 2-2 but Pérez’s own goal four minutes from time means the Magpies are without a win in their last six matches, leaving them just two points outside of the relegation zone.

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  • Afolabi Adekunle 4 years ago

    Is a pity that iheanacho is now a bench warmer at Leicester, he need to move to another club in January in order to save his career and world cup dreams.Puel does not believe in him.He is such a talented striker.
    I really feel his pain.He should have signed for west ham, where he would have become their first choice striker not competing with vardy at Leicester.

    • @ Afolabi Adekunle

      Well said. Budding Nigerian players should not hastily transfer to new clubs just because they’ve been pushed out, or only for the Big Money. They should factor in their eligibility for game time; yes, game time. Are their agents letting them down? If these agents allow their players to gradually fade into oblivion, where would their commission come from?

      The younger players should learn from their elders. See how Mikel was able to revive his career by a smart move to China where he could play? We can’t afford to have our star players converted to ball watchers.

  • Musa should find a club to go…he should leave leisister and go to other club …either by loan or selling he should just leave

  • ifeanyi david 4 years ago

    Ndidi is something else. Just imaging him modrc and kante in a team, the result will be KANDIMOD replacing midfield

  • ifeanyi david 4 years ago

    just as azpilicueta has assisted morata on four occasion, ND has thriced for mahrez and mahrez has onced for ND too. I believe sey ND go be modric wahala wen we jam Croatia

  • ifeanyi david 4 years ago

    To win man-of-match in a game of this magnitude speaks volume of his quality