Leicester City forward James Maddison has hailed the impact of Wilfred Ndidi since the Nigerian returned from injury.
Ndidi made his first Premier League start since September in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Brighton and was excellent in defensive midfield.
Maddison, who scored the second goal of the game with a wonderful left-footed effort praised Ndidi for his part in the build-up.
“We actually won the ball in midfield,” Maddison told Leicester City’s official website. “Wilfred Ndidi, (it’s) really good to have him back, I feel safe when I’m in there with Wilf behind me.
“It’s almost like he’s two players, and what Wilf’s improved on a lot, especially since I joined the club, is his passing ability.
“It’s improved a lot and wins the ball back, and I remember, his first pass being forward to me. A forward, along-the-floor, hard pass and that’s something that he’s really improved on.
“And then we built (on that in) the game. Vards (Jamie Vardy) made a run in behind, came back to me and I remember being one vs. one. [I] shifted it on my right, got it back on my left, and I’m comfortable off my left.
“I feel just as confident shooting [with] my left as I do with my right, and it was one of them: I knew it was in straight away, so (I’m) really happy.”
Ndidi was out with an adductor injury for over two months, missing eight Premier League games.
Leicester City lost four of the eight games the Super Eagles midfielder missed while they have won all the four he has played a part in, underlining his importance in the side.