- Full Name
- Wilfred Ndidi
- Date of Birth
- 16 December 1996
- 6'0" (183cm)
- 11st 9lbs (74kg)
- Professional Debut
- 15 September 2016
Leicester City made Wilfred Ndidi their first signing of 2017 after reaching an agreement with Belgian outfit KRC Genk in early January.
The Nigerian international midfielder, 20, signed a contract to June 2022 and elected to wear City’s no.25 shirt.
The Foxes beat off considerable competition to secure Ndidi’s signature – the tall, combative central midfielder having won a host of admirers across Europe for his performances both in the Belgian Pro League and in the UEFA Europa League, where he helped Genk progress to this season’s knockout stages as Group F winners.
Wilfred made the move to the Premier League after two years in Belgian football, having joined Genk on his 18th birthday following a successful trial with the club’s academy.
Originally spotted playing for Nathaniel Boys in an open trial in the Nigerian city of Lagos, he started out as a central defender, before adapting superbly to a defensive midfield role.
At international level, Ndidi represented Nigeria at Under-17 and Under-20 level, before earning his first senior call-up in October 2015. He has played twice alongside City forward Ahmed Musa for the Super Eagles in the 2016/17 season, including an appearance against an Algeria team containing Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani.
Just two days after completing his move to King Power Stadium, Ndidi made his debut in a 2-1 Emirates FA Cup win over Everton.
He featured heavily in the 2016/17 campaign was named Young Player of the Season following some excellent performances for the Foxes.
In his first full season, Ndidi became the Premier League's top tackler after making 138 dispossessions, finishing well ahead of Everton's Idrissa Gueye and former Fox N'Golo Kanté.
After a sensational campaign, which including the signing of a new six-year contract, he was named Young Player of the Season for a second-straight year.