Wilfred Ndidi has disclosed the secret behind teammate Kelechi Iheanacho’s recent impressive form at Leicester City.
Iheanacho has enjoyed a recent great form after a difficult start of the season, scoring seven goals in four appearances for Leicester.
His recent performances have seen him win his first Premier League Player Of The Month award.
Iheanacho also signed a new deal to keep him at the club until 2024.
He was named on Saturday’s starting lineup against his former club Manchester City to make it six consecutive starts for the first time in his club career.
Speaking on Iheanacho’s current form, Ndidi told BBC Sport Africa: “He’s a happy guy and Kelechi is only now enjoying a deserving reward for his tireless hard work.
“When you get a rhythm of games and the support of your coach, teammates and fans it can only get better.
“This latest chapter is going to give him the belief and confidence that he is a really important player for his club and country.
“I know and hope that he will continue to deliver for us. I never doubted him and I know he will bring more goals and performance that will continue to elevate him.”
On Iheanacho’s initial struggles, Ndidi said: “Kelechi’s talent was never in doubt, but as it is in life people love to criticise others when they are down
“He was unfairly criticised and judged by different people. This is someone I have known from our youth days at the under-17s and I know his quality, so it’s not a fluke that he is producing his best football again.
“I am very happy for him because he’s doing wonderfully well now and everyone can see.
“It’s just sad that when he needed encouragement in the past few years many were quick to write him off, but thankfully some of these people have now turned around to praise him. That’s life.”