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Why Ahmed Musa is the new Jamie Vardy

Thursday 4th August 2016
Leicester City have now played their last game in the ongoing International Champions Cup (ICC) in Stockholm Sweden. The matchup was one between two champions from the top two leagues in Europe. The reigning English Premier League champions provided the opposition against La Liga champions, Barcelona.

Well, some of us were rooting for Leicester City, but all hopes went with the wind after City fell 3-0 behind before half-time, courtesy of a brace from Munir Mohammed and a cool finish from Luis Suarez. City ended up slumping to a 4-2 defeat
There were some positives to be drawn from this defeat, though. Leicester's new forward Ahmed Musa was on hand to produce some magic after the restart. The former CSKA Moskow winger contributed a brace to save some face for Leicester and make the scoreline look a bit more respectable.

Whilst Jamie Vardy fired blanks for the 45 minutes he was on the pitch, the Nigerian who replaced him was a sharp contrast. Musa provided a glimpse of how fast Leicester could play, with him in the fray. Demarai Gray also produced some brilliance before half-time but it was ‘pint-sized' Musa who stole the shine after the interval by scoring twice to bring the score to 3-2 and lead a comeback challenge for Leicester which eventually never came to fruition.

A keen observer must have noticed the following traits in Ahmed Musa which could point to the fact that the Nigerian might just be a Jamie-Vardy 2.0

Acceleration



Musa made us reflect on how fast a forward (Vardy) can be in the colours of Leicester. The former Russian league winner, reached top speed to latch on to a through ball by Shinji Okazaki and calmly slot home against a helpless Masip in the Barcelona goal.

Shooting



Oh my! Musa's second was really something. Collecting the ball smartly after combining with Jeffrey Schlupp to force an error from Barca's backline, the Nigerian unleashed an unstoppable power-driver to bring the score to 3-2. This is something we saw Jamie Vardy do a number of times last season and it would be a breath of fresh air for fans at the King-Power to know that Vardy wouldn't have to carry all that responsibility alone as Leicester mount a title defense with another Jamie Vardy (Musa) in the attack.

Cohesion with the team



One thing Leicester had going for them last term was their incredible team spirit and mutual understanding within the group. Jamie Vardy reaped the benefit of this to the fullest, making goal scoring look like such an easy task. In yesterday's match against Barcelona, Ahmed Musa looked like a player who had been with the group longer than a year. He combined well with Okazaki for his first goal in a Leicester shirt and did same with Schlupp for his second.

This clearly shows that the Nigerian might find little or no difficulty working with Ranieri's group and can even go on to become the new speed/goal king at Leicester next season.
Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.


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