Leicester City fans have changed their minds on Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa and want the club to give him another chance.
The 25-year-old is yet to make a single appearance under Claude Puel and spent the second half of the last campaign on loan at CSKA Moscow, from whom City signed Musa for a then club record £16million in July 2016.
When asked about his City future over the weekend amid links to Galatasaray, Musa claimed he was never given a chance to impress after Claudio Ranieri was sacked.
“Did you ever see me play?” he said. “Did they give me an opportunity to show myself after they sacked the coach? So I don’t want to talk about that.”
Will World Cup exploits breathe new life into Ahmed Musa’s Leicester City career?
Only if City fans were in charge, Musa would have gotten another chance, particularly after his World Cup heroics for the Super Eagles, the forward scoring a brace in a barnstorming display in Nigeria’s win over Iceland.
After Nigeria’s win, City supporters were asked if the club should keep Musa, 68% of more than 1,000 respondents said yes.
This is compared to last month when a poll was run asking which City players should stay or go. In that instance, Musa received just a 17% backing.
- Thomas Simons: “Why are people so negative over him he’s never played in his preferred position and he’s young? He was good vs Barca pre-season, so has the ability. Nurture that and see where it goes. Big clubs build depth.”
- Ville Auvinen: “Has anyone seen him doing something good on the pitch for Leicester after that friendly match vs. Barcelona? Hope he scores a few more goals in World Cup to raise his fee when offloaded.”
- @ninety_six96: “(I’d keep) the Musa that plays for Nigeria, yes. The Musa that spent an entire League Cup game against Sheffield United tripping over his own feet, not so much.”
- @CarvellTim: “Never given a chance. Maybe it’s his time. If not let’s put a few more million on his asking price.”
- @Deanobt: “He’s clearly a confidence player who needs games to show what he’s about… won’t get a run of them for us though.”
- @BWakefield07: “Give him one more year and play him in the right position. He’s evidently a massive confidence player.”
- @hargraa: “Shows what a thin layer (there is) between being successful or failing. Clearly, Musa is made to feel like a king in Nigeria and he delivers like that whereas at Leicester City he looks like an over-enthusiastic park player.”
- @BaldyEchoes: “Scores two against Iceland and suddenly he’s the Nigerian Messi. He’s crap. Can’t cut it in the Premier League. Should we stick with him or buy someone good? No brainer.”
- @wignallLCFC: “How can you prove what a good player you are when you don’t get any game time!? Give him a chance I say.”
- @Suhail_Esat: “We need to keep Musa – Musa is 25 and has years ahead of him. He can play with Iheanacho and the chemistry is there with him and Ndidi. We need to start thinking about the future and succeeding Vardy.”
- @Garyharper14: “Don’t buy all this hysteria over Musa. Great goals on the world stage but I remember seeing him score a better goal against Barcelona on his debut and expected great things that didn’t materialize. You can’t carry someone in the Prem who scores a cracker now and then.”
- @RajPancholi143: “He’s had a very good 45 minutes, important not to get too carried away.”
- @paulifd: “Leave. Two goals mean nothing. This is Musa all over, plays amazing for one game then goes missing for another 20.”
- Tom Walker: “People say he was never given a chance. He was though and he didn’t perform. You all have c**p memories.”