Leicester City’s emergent youngster, Layton Ndukwu was the Nigerian player to talk about on Thursday, ahead of his most famous compatriots, Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi.
While all three Super Eagles prime stars were rested for The Foxes’ opening match of this summer’s pre-season, Ndukwu got to play in a scoreless draw with Akhisarspor of Turkey.
Despite making the trip with the squad, Ndidi, Iheanacho and Musa rested with an much extended break, after their exertions with Nigeria at the World Cup in Russia, but Ndukwu was introduced to the pre-season game in the 62nd minute.
The 19-year-old, who has represented England at U16 and U17 levels, will now hope to be part of Leicester’s first team in the forthcoming season.
While Ndukwu’s impact was a major talking point of the game, Leicester boss, Claude Puel would will be delighted with the form of his new goalkeeper, Danny Ward.
The former Liverpool stopper is determined to give regular first choice, Kasper Schmeichel a run for the number one jersey this season.
Ward showed his qualities against Akhisarspor, in a relatively uneventful game, with both teams treating it as little more than a fitness exercise.
Ward, who left Liverpool after they signed Alisson, knowing he would be third or fourth choice going into the new season, pulled off two impressive first half saves to keep his side in the game.