Aston Villa midfielder now wants to be compared to Steven Gerrard
According to The Daily Star, Aston Villa are interested in signing Wilfred Ndidi from Leicester City.
Leicester aren’t having the best of seasons in the Premier League, and it looks like their side could soon be parted ways.
Indeed, Youri Tielemans is heavily linked with a move away from King Power Stadium, while Villa are now chasing Ndid.
Steven Gerrard could pinch one of his former manager Brendan Rodgers’ best players, and interestingly Rodgers has compared Ndidi to Gerrard before.
What was said?
Rodgers compared Ndidi to Gerrard a few years ago.
“I’ve always had one in my teams – that sort of central pivot who orchestrates the game,” Rodgers said, according to the Leicester Mercury.
“I had Steven [Gerrard] do it for me at Liverpool and Leon Britton did it for me at Swansea, different guys.
“I like having a player in there, but the three midfielders all have to be different for me.
“But you definitely need someone who has the appetite to win the ball. They all have to push and be aggressive, but how [Ndidi] winning the ball is amazing.
“He covers the pitch, his anticipation of where the ball is heading and how he reads it and the number of counterattacks he has stopped today. Much of what Bournemouth have done in recent years is because you know their team strengths.
“We didn’t concede many counters and that was due to his tactical discipline with the two centre-halves and with the full-backs behind.”
Could do wonders
Although Ndidi is not similar to Steven Gerrard, the Englishman’s role under Rodgers was slightly different.
Gerrard played as a number 6 for the Northern Irishman, and that’s where Ndidi operates best.
Gerrard knows all about this role, and if he gets his hands on Ndidi, he could do wonders with the Nigerian.
It could be an incredible signing if Villa can pull it off.
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