Why Leicester must give Ahmed Musa another chance to show his true colours
Musa, 25, moved to Leicester City in the summer of 2016 for a club record £16.6m but has only made 21 Premier League appearances, scoring two goals.
The zippy forward produced a string of impressive performances at the recently concluded World Cup, especially his match-winning double against Iceland which included a strike that was nominated for the goal of the tournament.
After four fruitful years with CSKA Moscow, Musa arrived at the King Power Stadium in 2016 with a lot of expectations on his shoulders. However, the Nigerian failed to live up to the billing in his 18 months at Leicester as he managed just 5 goals.
The Nigeria international spent the second half of last season back on loan at CSKA and looked to regain his mojo, scoring 6 goals in 10 appearances. And Musa enhanced his reputation further in Russia with his classy goal against Iceland.
The winger was voted the Man of the Match against Iceland for his two-goal display. However, Nigeria failed to qualify from the group stages as they lost 2-1 to Argentina. But Musa was inarguably Nigeria’s silver lining in Russia and his feat against Iceland also went into the history books as the 25-year-old also became the first Leicester player to score at a World Cup.
Following Musa’s displays in the biggest footballing event, Claude Puel must look to give another chance to the Nigerian. The Foxes have just lost talismanic playmaker Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City and they need to fill that hole in the squad in three weeks’ time. But what if Puel decides to hand Musa another opportunity and save millions on signing a player to replace Mahrez?
The move could work well, although Musa and Mahrez are completely different kind of attackers with dissimilar style and technique. But Musa could prove to be a devastating player for the Foxes if he manages to get his confidence back. For the Nigerian to enter into Puel’s good books, he needs to impress in the pre-season or at least show his desire to play for Leicester again.
There is no doubting Musa’s ability as his versatility and frightening pace would come in handy for Leicester, who actually don’t have pacey players in their squad.
The Nigerian is 25 and could reboot his career at King Power Stadium, provided Puel shows faith in him and provides chances to impress. So it would be a big mistake if Leicester write off Musa and offload him this summer.