By Jeremiah Umahi
I have often thought about how Ahmed Musa would be feeling after the sack of Claudio Raneri by Leicester City last week.
The Nigerian wing forward seems to be in eye of the storm in Leicester, in the aftermath of the italian gaffer’s dismisal by the Premier League defending champions last week.
Normally, the sack of Ranieri shouldn’t be a problem to Musa as he has played under many managers and will still play under more managers as his career progresses, but the only worrying factor for Musa in all this Ranieri debacle is the fact that some unscrupulous elements have insisted that Ranieri was fired because he fielded Ahmed Musa over Demarai Gray, whom they believe would have made a better contribution than the Nigerian, in penultimate Wednesday Uefa Champions League match against Sevilla in Spain.
Shockingly, after the sack of Ranieri, former Leicester City forward, Gary Lineker took to his twitter page to tongue-lash Claudio Ranieri for what he described as him having a blind faith in Musa, with his tweet also suggesting that he wants the Nigerian out of the King Power Stadium. Despite the fact that Musa has not lived up to expectation since he joined the Foxes in the summer, it is not enough reason to blame the forward for the woes of the club, as Musa cannot play the roles of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Kasper Schmeichel,Wes Morgan, Robert Huth or replace Ngolo Kante.
In fact, as far as I am concerned, Leicester as a team have been a disappointment since the start of the current 2016/2017 English Premier League season.
At this juncture it is pertinent that Ahmed Musa raise his game if he still wants to remain in Leicester beyond the summer, and even if he will be sold in the summer, one or two impressive performances may lure quality teams into signing him.
Musa must not forget that time is of essence as anybody that will takeover will want to get results and stem the tide of the champion’s poor run of form.
Musa must increase his workrate, draw strenght from critisms and not bow to pressure and throw in the towel. He must take a cue from Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson who had a similar experience when he joined Liverpool from Sunderland in the summer of 2012 for 18 million pounds.
The case of Henderson was more serious because then Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was willing to use him as make weight in the deal that will see American forward Clint Dempsey join the Reds, as if he knew he would refuse the move, instead he worked harder and seized his opportunity, and the rest, they say is history.
It is not too late for Musa to make an impact in Leicester City, but he must now challenge himself to do well and prove wrong the likes of Lineker who don’t want to see him line-up for the Foxes any more. It is injury time for Ahmed Musa in Leicester City, either he can scores goals and keep himself in the game or concede more to his own peril. Musa must be patient at this point in time, work harder in training and hope that whoever will take over as the new man in charge will see something good in him and give him a chance to prove his worth.
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