Play hard but be book smart: Ndidi

Wilfred Ndidi training with his Nigerian teammates at Bukit Gombak Stadium before their friendly against Brazil. The tough-tackling midfielder has played a key role in Leicester's fine start to the season.
Wilfred Ndidi training with his Nigerian teammates at Bukit Gombak Stadium before their friendly against Brazil. The tough-tackling midfielder has played a key role in Leicester's fine start to the season. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Foxes' unsung hero juggles EPL demands with part-time course as he plans for post-career future

He is one of the English Premier League's strongest defensive midfielders, if not the best, with league-highs of 143 tackles and 324 possession recoveries last season.

But Leicester's Wilfred Ndidi also stands out by how he is juggling his pursuit of a degree while excelling as a world-class footballer in England's top flight.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2019, with the headline 'Play hard but be book smart: Ndidi'. Print Edition | Subscribe