What Jamie Vardy said to an important defensive midfielder in Southampton’s previous match

Wilfred Ndidi’s excellent goal against Southampton in a Championship battle at the St Mary’s Stadium on Friday night was hailed by Leicester City great Jamie Vardy, who admitted that the defensive-minded midfielder finished like a seasoned center-forward.

With Southampton threatening a comeback when England underage of Nigerian descent, Sam Edozie, halved the deficit, Ndidi scored in the third minute of first-half stoppage time to restore the Foxes’ two-goal lead.

The Super Eagles player received a pass from Stephy Mavididi, moved the ball from his left to his right, sat down Southampton defender Harwood-Bellis, and slotted past the goalkeeper.

Ndidi is nearly back to his best after injuries prevented him from being consistent in the previous two seasons, having personally contributed to five goals in his last eight club and country games combined.

Vardy said after the game that Leicester City had four different goal scorers in their massive win against Southampton, and he praised Ndidi for his poacher’s finish.

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“We’ve even been fortunate enough tonight for Wilfred Ndidi to hit the target and get a goal for himself,” Vardy said on LCFC TV.

“Yes, I told him that when we came off, he passed it into the back of the net instead of swinging and seeing where it goes.”

Ndidi drew serious attention from Turkish Super Lig clubs during the recent transfer window, but manager Enzo Maresca chose to keep him in order to support the club’s push for an immediate return to the Premier League.

Emmanuel Ifeanyi

Photographer: lcfc.com

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