Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has described Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi a world-class learner, reports Completesports.com.
Ndidi, 23 , who leads the statistics for tackles won by a midfielder in the Premier League this season has been one of the key performers for the former Premier League champions.
The former Genk of Belgium star importance to Leicester City was demonstrated when the Foxes failed to register a win in any of the five games he missed in January and February due to a knee injury.
His impressive showing for the club has attracted interest of Europe’s top teams with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germian and Real Madrid reportedly listed among his suitors.
Rodgers states that his willingness to listen to instruction and desire to improve has been key to his development.
“The one thing with Wilfred he is a world-class learner,” Rodgers told The Athletic.
“He wants to learn. He wants to improve and then he wants to do something about it. He has been absolutely brilliant since I came here. You saw how much we missed him and that is testament to the level he has played at and what he gives to this team.”
Rodgers also explains that Ndidi has also embraced the responsibility of playing as the anchor man in midfield.
“It was about giving him a wider view of the game,” Rodgers explains.
“He has played a lot for us in that single pivot position where maybe before, he has played beside someone, so it is giving him that understanding of the positional sense and where to be and where to run when certain players have the ball.
“We have been trying to improve the tactical element of his game so he understands not just his role without the ball but with the ball as well.
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“We have been working on his technique, the simple basics of the game, passing and receiving. He takes the ball now and he understands he doesn’t need to spread the ball 60 or 70 yards — he is a continuity player. He has the ball, takes the ball and passes the ball. And when he hasn’t got it, he then uses his incredible athleticism to affect the game.
“From a tactical perspective, a lot of the work has gone into that with him. From a technical perspective, he has constantly worked on his touch and how he turns with a touch. Those little basic fundamentals of the game.
“Then, it is about giving him confidence. That is obviously very important for any player, so it is giving the platform to go and show his incredible qualities.”
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