Why Wilfred Ndidi is the answer to Manchester United’s midfield problems

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Since the retirement of Micheal Carrick, Manchester United have found it difficult to find a sufficient acquisition in their defensive midfield position. With all the names touted about, its only fair to say that Wilfred Ndidi has earned his Manchester United ‘rumour nomination’. 

The Nigerian international has impressed for Leicester city since joining them in 2017, from Belgium club Genk, for a fee of £17m. A fee that the then manager, Claudio Ranieri, would look back at with prudent pride. The midfielder's valuation has since then tripled in today’s market and prising him away from Leicester would be as difficult as dribbling past the robust midfielder. 

Wilfred Ndidi was bought for the humongous challenge of replacing Club legend N’golo Kante, a challenge the 23 year-old can argue to have surpassed. He led the English Premier League in tackles in the 2017/18 season and was in the top five across Europe’s biggest leagues.

It’s no wonder clubs such as Manchester United have been linked with the player. Here are his stats from last season, compared to his counterparts at other Premier League clubs:

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The Red Devils have traditionally favoured more technical players in the position. While, Ndidi’s passing may not be one of his main strengths, recent statistics show he has improved in that department. He was named amongst the top 20 passers in the Premier League last season, the statistic shows confidence in receiving the ball if anything and further illustrates the players tangible progress under new coach, Brendan Rodgers.

Wilfred Ndidi, is a proven, young Premier League player, with a high ceiling for improvement - all attributes that the Red Devil hierarchy have taken to, in recent time. 

Nemanja Matic will be 32, at the start of the 2019/20 season and with the verdict still out on Brazilian midfielder Fred. Potentially, Ndidi’s next challenge may be to resolve United’s midfield problem, a giant challenge but nonetheless a challenge the Nigerian would be ready to slide into.

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