Ndidi’s Omission From Top 10 Defensive Midfielders In The World: A Question Of Facts Or Figures

It was shocking – to say the least – that Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was left out from the ten most defensive midfielders in the world that was published recently by 90mins.

The Nigerian international, who has become an integral part of the Leicester City side since joining the team from Genk in January 2017, has led the City's charge for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

No doubt, Ndidi has filled the void left behind by N'Golo Kante, who joined Chelsea in January and has contributed massively to the number of tackles and goals scored from his position as a midfielder.

However, his exemption from the list of the top 10 defensive midfielders in the world remains a myriad that could hardly be explained.

In the list released are Chelsea, N'Golo Kante, Real Madrid's Casemiro, Liverpool's Fabinho, Bayern Munich's Kimmich, Inter Milan's Brozovic, Man City's Fernandinho, Barcelona's Busquets, Atletico Madrid's Party, PSG's Marquinhos, and Barcelona's De Jong.

The aforementioned list published above should have included the Nigerian international, whose tireless efforts this season surpasses that of Chelsea's Kante and Man City's Fernandinho.

Despite some early injury setbacks, the Super Eagles star has made 23 appearances, scoring two goals in the Premier League this ongoing season.

Recall that Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was named the tackle merchant of the English top-flight, with 96 tackles won in the first half of the 2019-2020 season.

The Foxes number 25 beat Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka (92 tackles) to the accolade, while Ricardo Pereira was in third place with 71 tackles.

The question that comes to mind is that what is the criteria behind the selection for the top 10 most defensive midfielder in the world by the organizer?

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Without a doubt, the former Nathan Boy star deserved to be in the shortlist based on his performance for Leicester City this season.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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