Leicester City sealed their place in the Carabao Cup last 16 after comfortably seeing off Championship outfit Millwall 2-0 on Wednesday evening.
The Foxes made several changes from the side that suffered their second consecutive Premier League defeat over the weekend, but they still put in a convincing performance.
A first Foxes goal for loanee Ademola Lookman opened the scoring five minutes into the second half after he pounced on a parried Kelechi Iheanacho strike before the Nigerian striker put the result beyond all doubt with a thunderous effort in the 88th minute.
But it was arguably Leicester’s midfield enforcer who really ran the show in east London. Wilfried Ndidi put in a powerful and dominant display at The Den, constantly breaking up opposition attacks and kickstarting ones of his own.
As per SofaScore, the 24-year-old received a match rating of 7.3 out of 10, the joint second-highest total awarded to any player on the pitch.
Ndidi was locked into a constant battle with Millwall midfielders George Evans and Billy Mitchell for supremacy in the engine room, and more often than not, he came out on top, winning a whopping eight duels during the 90 minutes.
The combative dynamo also made a huge four clearances, put in three successful tackles and made one interception, highlighting his influence in the centre of the park.
But Ndidi was also pivotal to Leicester’s work when in possession, playing a key role in building their attacks from the back via well-executed passing moves. He had 97 touches of the ball, achieving a passing accuracy of 89% and completing seven long balls.
It was the latest standout performance for the former Genk gem, who has previously been lauded by his manager Brendan Rodgers for his impressive exploits.
“He is an incredible player. The offensive players get the credit, but he does the dirty work,” said Rodgers about Ndidi back in 2019, and it was a similar story in midweek.
The Midlands outfit host Brighton and Hove Albion in the next round of the cup, and Ndidi will be hoping to put in another stellar display when the Seagulls visit the King Power Stadium.