By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles and Leicester City winger Ahmed Musa is prepared to bide his time at the club as he looks to make his mark, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Nigerian international made a £16m move from CSKA Moscow this summer but has only featured eight times (two starts and six substitute appearances) so far this season.
Musa however remains unfazed and accepts Claudio Ranieri’s decision that he needs time to adjust to the speed and intensity of English football.
Ranieri had stated that the 23-year-old needed to adapt to the pace of the English Premier League.
The Foxes face Southampton in Sunday's Premier League clash with Musa hoping to get back in the squad after being dropped for the 4-1 defeat to Manchester United last Saturday.
“The Premier League is much faster than Russia – there is so much running here – but I think within a few games I will be able to adapt,” Musa told the Guardian.
“Whenever the manager decides, I’ll be ready to play and give 100%.
Musa who is expected in the Super Eagles camp on Monday ahead of the team's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia hopes to help Nigeria qualify for the World Cup in Russia.
The former Kano Pillars star who made his debut appearance at the Mundial at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil admits that his brace against Argentina in Nigeria’s 3-2 loss brought him to limelight.
He said: “That was when my profile changed. For me, that Argentina game was a big surprise, I’d never experienced anything like that – I never thought I could do that. After the match I said: ‘Wow.’ It was like a dream.
Musa also praised former Super Eagles skipper Nwankwo Kanu for his influence.
“Kanu is like a role model for me. I got to know him when I started playing in the national team. He’s like a hero in Nigeria.
"We always have contact with each other and I spoke to him before I came to Leicester. I was in Russia and he called me, because he always advises me what to do. He told me that I would enjoy it in the Premier League and England, that it was a nice place.”Unblock the FIFA World Cup with ExpressVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN