Playing for the likes of Ajax, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, Sunday Oliseh knows what it’s like to feature for some of the best teams around.
Not only that, but as a defensive midfielder himself back when he was a footballer, the former Nigeria national team manager has an eye for what a player in that position needs to do to excel.
That’s why it’s no surprise that he was the one to give Wilfried Ndidi his first cap back in 2015 during a 2-0 loss to DR Congo, with the Leicester City man growing from strength to strength since then.
Much like his predecessor, N’Golo Kanté, the defensive midfielder took to the Premier League like a duck to water following his move from KRC Genk back in 2017, and is now widely seen as one of the best in his role in England, playing a key part in the Foxes’ great season under Brendan Rodgers.
In fact, Oliseh thinks Ndidi should soon move on, giving his two cents on the matter in an interview with Brila.net.
He said: “The point is that in the past three or four years, maybe five, he’s been the best midfielder we have, and he’s not just been the best we needed to run with, he’s been the best we have.
“When you see him doing what he’s doing in a club that is average, with all due respect, like Leicester, imagine what Ndidi will do if he was playing at Manchester City. He is a man that isn’t the tallest like me, but look at the heart. He has a big heart.”
Oliseh went onto say he was ‘very, very surprised they (we’re guessing he means Pep Guardiola’s side) have not bought him’.
Even with Leicester’s growth as a club since their return to the Premier League, there is an inevitable feeling that Ndidi will one day decide to move onto something greater, as no matter the achievements under Rodgers, it would be hard to turn down the likes of Real Madrid or Juventus if they ended up knocking on his door.
We’ll have to wait and see, but it will be a very expensive exit when it happens.