Pep Guardiola is only the third manager to successfully defend the Premier League title after Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho.
Since Pep Guardiola arrived as manager of Manchester City, the Spaniard has been known for rotating his squad.
His line ups are always unpredictable.
Two two key players always get the nod;
Ederson and Fernandinho.
At 34, there is no player more key to Manchester City than Fernandinho.
His absence is always felt and it almost cost them the League title this season with City losing the games the Brazilian was unavailable.
December 22nd 2018 easily comes to mind, Manchester City up against Palace without Fernandinho, they capitulated, with Palace winning 3-2.
Pep Guardiola has been in an intense search for a perfect replacement for the ball winner.
Look no further Pep, NDIDI is your man and stats don’t tell a lie;
Most recoveries made by midfielders in the Premier League in 2018-19:
Wilfred Ndidi (324)
Declan Rice (288)
Rúben Neves (286)
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (269)
João Moutinho (264)
Abdoulaye Doucouré (257).
Most interceptions in this season’s Premier League:
Etienne Capoue (86)
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (84)
Wilfred Ndidi (83)
Bruno Ecuele Manga (81)
Sol Bamba (81).
Most tackles in the 2018-19 Premier League season:
Wilfred Ndidi (143)
Idrissa Gueye (143)
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (129)
Ricardo Pereira (117)
João Moutinho (113).
Wilfred Ndidi was so key for Leicester City that he was involved in all 38 Premier League games for the Foxes.
Ndidi put up a glowing performance for Leicester City against the Citizens and Pep Guardiola must have been wowed by the performances of the Super Eagles of Nigeria midfielder.
Its time for a top six Premier League club to come snap up Ndidi.
ARE WE NOT UNDERESTIMATING AUBAMEYANG?
Three Africans shared the 2018/2019 Premier League golden boot award;
Mane, Salah and Aubameyang.
However, one of them has not been spoken about in glowing light as compared to the others.
Salah and Mane have dominated talks from pundits as regards the African best award. Aubameyang deserves a shout as well, no?
The Gabonese attacker has powered in 31 goals in all competitions for Arsenal and provided 7 assists. That is a total of 38 goals contributions for a player that gets played out wide on the left & right.
The Gabonese was not in the PFA team of the year conversation, yet he scored more goals than the Striker that made the Premier League’s finest 11, Aguero.
Aubameyang got played out of position, he was not Arsenal’s out and out first choice striker and does not have a good midfield that supplies passes as compared to that of Manchester City.
Aubameyang has been top scorer in the Bundesliga and now, in his first full season in the Premier League, first player to do so.
Since 2015, only Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Lewandowski have scored more League goals than Aubameyang.
He deserves more respect, surely.
Ndidi and Ziyech who play for Leicester City and Ajax are worthy contenders for the African best award. Its not only Salah and Mane. Someone talk about them as well!