Wilfred Ndidi

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Wilfred Ndidi
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Ndidi playing for Leicester City in 2017
Personal information
Full name Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi[1]
Date of birth (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 25
Youth career
Nath Boys Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2017 Genk 61 (4)
2017– Leicester City 50 (2)
National team
2013–2015 Nigeria U20 7 (0)
2015– Nigeria 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:12, 14 May 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2018

Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi (born 16 December 1996) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Leicester City and the Nigeria national team as a midfielder. He is known for his versatility and can play across the back line and in midfield.[4]

Club career[edit]

Genk[edit]

Ndidi made his Belgian Pro League debut with Genk on 31 January 2015 against Charleroi in a 1–0 away defeat. He played the first 74 minutes of the game, before being substituted for Jarne Vrijsen.[5]

During the Belgian League play-off game against Club Brugge, Ndidi scored a long-range goal, which was named the goal of the season in the Belgian league. After receiving an attempted-clearance outside the penalty box, he lofted the ball smoothly over an opposing player before unleashing a ferocious volley into the top right corner.[6][7] The ball was adjudged to be travelling at over 111 km/h.[8]

Leicester City[edit]

On 3 December 2016, Genk agreed a £17 million transfer deal with English champions Leicester City.[9][10] The deal was confirmed on 5 January 2017.[11]

Ndidi made his debut for the club on 7 January 2017, in a 2–1 win against Everton in the third round of the FA Cup.[12] He made his first Premier League start on 14 January 2017 against Chelsea at home in a 3–0 defeat.[13] In the English FA Cup game against Derby County on 8 February 2017, Ndidi came on in the first half of extra time and scored his first goal for Leicester through a long-range shot.[14] In a 3–1 win over Liverpool on 27 February 2017, Ndidi won 11 of his 14 tackles,[15] a feat bettered only by Chelsea's N'Golo Kanté who made 14 tackles against the same club in January.[16]

Ndidi got his first career red card in a 3–0 loss to Crystal Palace on 16 December 2017 – which also happens to be his birthday.[17]

International career[edit]

Wilfred Ndidi with Nigeria against Argentina, Uzomedia

Ndidi was part of the Nigerian youth setup during his time at Nathaniel Boys of Lagos. While playing the African U-17 Championship with Nigeria, he was excluded along with two other players from the competition as a precaution, following an MRI age test that suggested he was just slightly above the threshold.[18] Notwithstanding, he joined up with his teammates in the U-20 team the following year, forming the bedrock of the midfield. He was called up to the Senior Nigeria national football team on 8 October 2015, making his debut in the friendly game against DR Congo, and playing again a few days later in the 3–0 win against Cameroon, when he replaced John Obi Mikel in the 63rd minute.[19]

He was selected by Nigeria for their 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[20]

In May 2018 he was named in Nigeria’s preliminary 30 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 28 April 2018[22]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Genk 2014–15 Belgian Pro League 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2015–16 Belgian Pro League 36 4 5 0 0 0 2 0 43 4
2016–17 Belgian First Division A 19 0 3 1 0 0 12 2 34 3
Total 61 4 8 1 0 0 14 2 83 7
Leicester City 2016–17 Premier League 17 2 2 1 0 0 4 0 23 3
2017–18 Premier League 33 0 3 1 2 0 0 0 38 1
Total 50 2 5 2 2 0 4 0 61 4
Career total 111 6 13 4 2 0 18 2 144 11

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 26 June 2018.[23]
Nigeria
Year Apps Goals
2015 2 0
2016 4 0
2017 7 0
2018 6 0
Total 19 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "Wilfred Ndidi Profile, News & Stats - Premier League". www.premierleague.com. 
  3. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018. 
  4. ^ "Nigeria – W. Ndidi – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Charleri vs. Genk – 31 January 2015 – Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Football Score (20 April 2016). "Wilfred Ndidi Amazing Goal ● KRC Genk vs Club Brugge KV ● Belgium Jupiler League 20/04/2016" – via YouTube. 
  7. ^ "Hanni is Profvoetballer van het Jaar, ook Preud'homme, Bailey, Sels, Ndidi en Simons bekroond". 
  8. ^ "Footballeur Pro de l'année: Wilfred Ndidi, auteur du plus beau but". 
  9. ^ Seyi Daniels (23 December 2016). "7 FACTS you didn't know about Leicester City new signing Wilfred Ndidi". soccerblitz.com. Archived from the original on 24 December 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Leicester agree deal to sign Nigeria international Wilfred Ndidi from Genk". ESPNFC.com. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Wilfred Ndidi: New Signing Trains After Finalising Leicester City Transfer". lcfc.com. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  12. ^ McNulty, Phil (7 January 2017). "Everton 1–2 Leicester City". www.bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Match Report – Leicester 0–3 Chelsea". www.lcfc.com. Leicester City F.C. 14 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Ndidi first Leicester goal", espnfc.com, retrieved 8 February 2017 
  15. ^ Phil Dawkes (27 February 2017), Leicester City 3–1 Liverpool, BBC Sport, retrieved 3 June 2017 
  16. ^ Colin Udoh (28 February 2017), Leicester dynamo Wilfred Ndidi has potential to surpass N'Golo Kante, ESPN FC, retrieved 3 June 2017 
  17. ^ Shina Oludare (16 December 2017), Birthday boy Ndidi gets first career red against Crystal Palace, GOAL.COM, retrieved 17 December 2017 
  18. ^ Baffour, Katherine (15 April 2013). "Three Nigerian Footballers Caught Age Cheating". 
  19. ^ "Nigeria v Cameroon Live Commentary & Result, 11/10/2015, Friendlies - Goal.com". 
  20. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (24 June 2016). "Kelechi Iheanacho included in Nigeria's Olympics squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  21. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced? - Goal.com". 
  22. ^ "W. Ndidi". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  23. ^ "Wilfred Ndidi". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 

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