League’s Third Best Player in 2021
By Alexander Johnson Adejoh
A Football Observatory body, in its latest weekly post, have put together a list of the top performing players in the five major European Leagues in the first quarter of 2021.
Only players fielded for at least two thirds of minutes during this period are included in the rankings.
There is only one Nigerian representative in the top ten in the study by the independent research body based in Neuchatel , Switzerland.
In the English Premier League, Super Eagles and Leicester City holding midfielder Wilfred Ndidi appears in third position with 85.3 points, behind Jorginho Frello (89.5 pts, Chelsea) and Rubén Dias (89.4 pts, Manchester City).
The former Racing Genk star has the thirteenth highest CIES FO performance index among players on the books of big-5 European League clubs.
Fides discovered that Super Eagles stars Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, Ola Aina, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze did not make the cut.
Since January 1, 2021, Ndidi has played ten matches in the English Premier League and was in action for 852 minutes, scoring one goal and registering three assists.