Leicester City of England midfielder, Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi has sent a thank you message for the club’s fans, for what he called the incredible support they gave him personally all through the season.
It turned out to be another epochal campaign on the personal level for Ndidi, as he became an ever-present in the middle of the pack for The Foxes and ended up rating highest of all, as the best tackler among all players the English Premier League.
Ndidi, who played 67 minutes before making way for Shinji Okazaki in his side’s goalless draw against Chelsea on Sunday, made 144 tackles over all, ahead of Gueye’s 143 and Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s 128.
The 22-year-old also made history by becoming the first player to lead the top of tackle charts for two consecutive seasons.
In his first season in England, Ndidi also topped the tacklers’ chart with 138 and was named Leicester’s Young Player of the Year for the 2017/18 season.
Those individual statistics could not rub off on a glorious podium spot for his team, but Ndidi is equally happy that they ended the campaign with the draw against Chelsea on Sunday.
The former Racing Genk of Belgium defender-turned-holding midfielder has now turned his attention towards lining out for Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, as he aims to make the best of his debut at the continental soccer showpiece.
After helping Leicester to a ninth-placed finish with Sunday’s goalless draw, Ndidi is standing tall, with a scorecard of playing in all 38 of his club’s EPL games, with 37 starts to boot.
The product of Nath Boys Club of Lagos, who got a total of 3,420 minutes under his boots in the season, is now the third Nigerian player to play all his team’s matches in one EPL season.
His feat comes behind that of former Eagles’ captain, Joseph Ikpo Yobo, with Everton in 2006/7 and retired international, Victor Moses, who did same with Wigan Athletic in the 2011/12 season.
Nonetheless, Ndidi has quickly brushed aside his club feats, as he is already thinking of his AFCON debut, and took to social media to reveal his gratitude to Leicester fans motivating him, as he seeks to commence preparations with Nigeria towards Egypt 2019.
Ndidi posted: “Season done, thank you for all your incredible support. Unto the next. Afcon preparations.”