Sunday’s FA Cup clash between Leicester City and Chelsea, which ended in favour
of the visitors by a goal to nil, Sports Central report that Manchester United
legend Rio Ferdinand believes Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is primarily
responsible for the goal which led to the loss.
Although the Nigerian international checked his shoulder twice for possible dangers, he could not notice Ross Barkley before the goal, allowing the English international to make a run inside the box before slotting home in the 63rd minute.
Ferdinand admitted that Ndidi had been brilliant since his arrival at King Power Stadium, but should have prevented the goal.
Speaking to BT Sports as quoted by Sports Central, Ferdinand said: "The gap between the centre-backs starts to develop. When that happens, when that big gap comes, the big job is for Ndidi, who has had great reviews for how he’s played over the years, and rightly so. "Once you see the gap between the centre-backs when the ball’s wide, his job is to drop in, drop in here and be that guard in there. If you keep your eye on Ndidi here, and look how many times he looks over his shoulder to see where Barkley is. "One look, two looks - when he looks there - he has to drop in there and cover the run from Barkley. He knows he can get in behind Ndidi because he’s not looking. "Jonny Evans, one of my old team-mates, sees this but he’s marking his man,Tammy Abraham once he sees it he’ll come over to try and cover. But once this happens at this level, it’s too quick, the quality is too good, it’s a great cross and the timing eliminates defenders out of it. "Barkley sees the space, darts into it, great ball, great finish. Bad defending from Ndidi and the midfield."
Sunday’s game against Chelsea was Ndidi's eighth appearance in the FA Cup since moving to England in January 2017.