Super Eagles’ midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi is favorite to win the maiden Player of the Season Award as Leicester City holds their annual awards on Tuesday night, AOIFootball.com reports.
The 21-year-old will, however, have to fight off competition from top scorer Jamie Vardy, defender Harry Maguire, midfielder Marc Albrighton, as well as former PFA Player of the Season Riyadh Mahrez who are also top candidates for the coveted award.
AOIFootball.com looks at why the Eagles’ anchorman could pip the award later on Tuesday tonight.
The Nigerian has come of age this season for City. He has always been athletic and had a great ability to win back the ball and has improved his possession play and has become City’s first choice central midfielders.
He has kept the likes of Adrien Silva, Vicente Iborra, and Matty James out of first-team action as they have competed to partner the youngster.
Last season’s young player of the year, who has made more tackles in the top five divisions of European football than anyone else this season, Ndidi could be a real contender for the big prize this time.
The Foxes have struggled without the Nigerian on the pitch as they failed to win any of the four games Ndidi missed this term, a clear sign the team are almost helpless without their midfield enforcer.
His stats are even more remarkable as he remains the best ball tackler in Europe’s top five leagues, with an average tackle of 4.2 per game whilst he is yet to commit a single error leading to the goal against the Foxes.