When your team signs a player with over 200 career appearances and almost 60 international caps, you know you’re probably onto a bit of a winner.
But when Ahmed Musa made the move from CSKA Moscow to Leicester City this summer, some were surprised as to who he actually was. Well, he’s a very good player who shone on the pitch against Barcelona on Wednesday evening in the International Cup.
Despite the Foxes coming away from Stockholm 4-2 losers, it was the Nigerian international striker that really grabbed the headlines, at least in the English headlines anyway.
He came on at half-time and scored twice as his new side rallied to 3-2, before the Spanish champions added a late fourth to come away with a more comfortable victory than originally seemed. But it was the sheer pace he showed in the run up to his first goal that was truly apparent, with the former Russian League striker almost forgetting the ball as he bombed away from the Barcelona defence.
But it was the way he took the game in his stride after coming on at half-time which seriously impressed many watching. To come on and make such a difference on such a big platform in one of your first appearances for your new club is seriously impressive stuff.
And what Musa also showed is that if the Foxes so lose Riyad Mahrez, all hope is not lost. In comparison to the Nigerian, Mahrez looked jaded, uninterested and unable to make an impact. That’s before he was hauled off at half time by manager Claudio Ranieri.
That is completely the opposite to the performance Musa showed on the night, making an instant impact and honestly putting the game to the Barcelona defence for perhaps the first time on the evening.
What Musa also gives the Foxes is a completely different outlet going forward. Whether he’d play upfront with Jamie Vardy is another question for another day but Ranieri’s loyalty to the 4-4-2 formation last season suggests this may happen, with Okazaki perhaps taking more of a back-seat role.
But someone like Musa would be happy playing on the shoulder of the last defender, scrapping for the ball and racing away from the back-four when he eventually does get the chance.
It will be seriously interesting to see which formation his manager will deploy him in going into next season, but there is little doubt that he will feature prominently as the season progresses.
The Foxes have a big league defence and Champions League journey ahead of them and having someone a bit different upfront will be a huge asset for them going forward.
There is little doubt Musa can do well at the King Power and he could even become the signing of the season.