Musa: Another Nigerian set to dazzle in the Premier League?


After four fine years at CSKA Moscow, the Nigerian looks set to replicate his fine form in the East Midlands.

Leicester City are preparing for the biggest season in their history. For the first time ever they are defending champions, having won the Premier League title in astonishing fashion last term.

Not only will they have to contend with greater expectations domestically, but they will also be competing with the continent’s finest in the Uefa Champions League.

Claudio Ranieri has insisted he won’t make radical changes to his squad so as not to destabilise the harmony of a team that gelled effectively last term, but already, significant additions have arrived.

So far, the Italian tactician has signed German stopper Ron-Robert Zieler from Hannover 96, Spaniards Luis Hernandez and Raul Uche from Sporting Gijon and Rayo Vallecano respectively, and Frenchman Nampalys Mendy from OGC Nice.The biggest coup is arguably the addition of Nigeria’s very own Ahmed Musa who joins from CSKA Moscow for a club record £16 million fee and could be primed to become the nation's next great Premier League export.

Musa arrives with considerable experience and a fine reputation and, as a versatile right-footed attacker who can play on either flank and as a striker, will be a versatile addition to the Foxes’ forward line.
The Super Eagle could be just the player the East Midlanders need to thrive this season, and EPL defences won’t enjoy combating his wonderful pace, technique, movement, passing and eye for goal.

The diminutive Nigerian scored 54 goals in 168 appearances (an average of 0.32 per game) for CSKA which, considering he often featured on the left flank, is a decent haul.
He reached double digits in three of his four full seasons in the Russian Premier League, winning three titles, a Russian Cup and two Russian Super Cups to his name.

Few players in the current Leicester squad can even begin to compete with Musa’s international achievements; he won the 2013 Cup of Nations title in South Africa with the Super Eagles and shone at the 2014 World Cup, scoring twice in Nigeria’s 3-2 defeat by Argentina.


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