Ndidi (right) with Genk teammate Leon Bailey when the Nigeria star won 'Goal of the Season'
Saturday Dec 31, 2016. 12:02
AfricanFootball.com specially understands that Premier League champions Leicester City hope Nigeria star Wilfred Ndidi will be granted a work permit based partly on what he has achieved in this season’s UEFA Europa League.
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One of the representatives of Ndidi told AfricanFootball.com: “The people handling Wilfred’s work permit application will use the exceptional talent argument with the performance of the player in the Europa League getting a special mention.
“His stats in this season’s Europa League are amazing – Do you now he has run this second farthest ever distance in a second match in the competition? He covered 16.8 kilometres in the match against Athletic Bilbao, while the record is 16.9 kilometres.
“And his club Genk are in the Round of 32 of the competition now thanks in part to his contribution.”
The 20-year-old midfielder is ranked by UEFA as the 52nd
top player in the competition, ahead of Premier League stars like Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan (53rd
), Marcos Rojo (72nd
) and Antonio Valencia (79th
He has played six matches and scored two goals in the Europa League.
It will also be revealed that Ndidi’s goal against eventual champions Club Brugge won him the ‘Goal of the Season’ last season.
This season he has played 19 league matches for Genk after playing 38 games and scoring four goals in the previous campaign.