Leicester City’s comfortable win over Liverpool on Monday night, February 27, has 'hit the nail on its head' that some players of the club were actually not happy with their former boss Claudio Ranieri who was eventually axed just nine months after leading the Foxes to the Premier League glory.
One of the ousted manager’s decisions which might not have gone well with some players in the squad was the signing of super eagles forward Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow on July 8, for a record fee of £16.6 million.
The Foxes could not replicate their blistering form of last season in the present one as they have continued to battle relegation after winning just 5 games from 25 under Ranieri; and reports say some players actually met with the Thai owners to relieve their title-winning coach of his job.
England legend Gary Lineker later claimed that the former manager’s belief in the Nigerian player cost him his job. Gary Lineker later claimed that the former manager’s belief in the Nigerian player cost him his job. “Defend Claudio to the end after last season but his faith in Musa is baffling. Now I’ve said it, please prove me wrong,” Lineker wrote on his Twitter page.
Below are 4 reasons Ahmed Musa might be waving bye-bye to the Premier League club.
1. Musa did not even make the bench in their win against Liverpool.
The Foxes ran riot against a very strong Liverpool side and registered a comfortable 3 – 1 win over Jurgen Klopp’s men. What we learnt in that match seemed to have proven that the side played better without the Nigerian.
2. Inability to influence games.
Ahmed Musa was awful in Leicester’s game against Sevilla in their Champions league round of 16 first leg where the Foxes lost 2 – 1. There was no connection and synergy as the attackers struggled to find even a shot at goal.
The 24-year-old Nigerian was substituted in the 58th minute of that game, and barely 15 minutes later, Vardy grabbed the crucial away goal.
3. Leicester will not make Europe next season.
Although they are still in the Champions League in the current season, Leicester City will definitely not make it into Europe next season and as a result, a smaller squad will be required.
Remember, Musa’s wealth of experience in Europe for his former side CSKA Moscow was a major yardstick Ranieri used in bringing him to the King Power Stadium.
4. The man that bought him has left.
Claudio Ranieri who did everything to bring the Nigerian has been fired; Musa might just be ‘walking alone’ at the club.