By James Agberebi:
Former Arsenal star Adrian Clarke who is now a tactics expert for the Premier League official website has predicted that Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi will face tough competition from Leicester City’s new midfield signing Vicente Iborra.
Iborra this summer joined Leicester City from LaLiga outfit Sevilla where he won three straight Europa League trophies (2014, 2015, 2016)
Clarke who played for Arsenal from 1991 to 1997 posited that the Spanish midfielder will bring something different to Leicester.
“Leicester City’s signing of Vicente Iborra will add height, power and aggression to their midfield. But the Spaniard’s influence will not just be limited to sturdy defensive work,” Clarke told premierleague.com.
“The 29-year-old is also noted for his ability to ghost into the penalty area unmarked, and once there he has a knack of applying the finishing touch with authority.
“Iborra has scored seven goals in each of his last three LaLiga campaigns, often as a result of drifting into dangerous positions. He is always happy to take the gamble and push on.
“Standing at 6ft 3in he also poses a serious threat on attacking set-pieces. Leicester only scored from 10 corners and free-kicks last term (ranked 15th in the PL) and Wilfred Ndidi was their top scoring central midfielder, with just two goals.
“It is clear why the 2015/16 champions were so interested in signing Sevilla’s captain.
“Ndidi and Danny Drinkwater may have forged a promising partnership during the latter half of last season, but Iborra’s arrival will create stiff competition for places.”