Brendan Rodgers has given reasons why it is difficult for French midfielder Nampalys Mendy to displace Wilfred Ndidi in Leicester’s midfield.
Mendy of Senegalese descent joined Leiceister from Nice in 2016 on a four-year deal worth £13 million, a club record at the time.
In his first season, Mendy featured in 31 Premier League games for Claudio Ranieri’s men – with 23 of them as a starter.
However, the arrival Ndidi from Genk meant the 28-year-old was confined to the bench. In the 2019-20 campaign, he featured in just seven English games.
However, Mendy has been a perfect replacement for the injured Ndidi who is out of the team due to an abductor injury.
Speaking on his the contributions of the former France youth international, Rodgers feels the midfielder is fast grasping his opportunity.
“He is performing to the level the club wanted when they brought him in,” Rodgers told the club website.
“He’s a defensive midfield player, tactically very good, understands the role, and does a lot of dirty work for the team.
“Of course, before he’s played with Wilf [Ndidi], who’s something similar beside him and it’s probably where both those players need someone creative beside them.
“I think because of Wilf’s form, certainly since I’ve been here, he’s been so consistent, Wilf, and it’s been difficult for Papy to play but it really shows you the mark of the guy – how well he has trained, how concentrated he has been. He never lost his focus and was always there if an opportunity came to give his very best.
“Now, what you’re seeing is a player that is getting a consistent run of games, and he’s really showing the quality player he is. I have been delighted with Papy. He gives the team stability with his experience and understanding of football and how we work. He has been crucial to how we play.”
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