Massive swing in our poll after Nigerian’s World Cup brace against Iceland
Leicester City fans have changed their minds on Ahmed Musa and want the club to give the Nigerian forward another chance.
Musa 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 the 25-year-old for a then club record £16million in July 2016.
Ahmed Musa of Nigeria celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal against Iceland (Image: Lars Baron/Getty Images
When asked about his City future over the weekend amid links to Galatasaray, Musa claimed he was never given an opportunity to impress after Claudio Ranieri was sacked.
“Did you ever see me play?” he said.
“Did they give me any opportunity to show myself after they sacked the coach? So I don’t want to talk about that.”
But if City fans were in charge, Musa would get another chance, particularly after his World Cup heroics for Nigeria, the forward scoring twice in a barnstorming display in the Super Eagles’ win over Iceland.
After Nigeria’s win, we asked City supporters if the club should keep Musa, with 68 per cent of more than 1,000 respondents saying yes.
This is compared to last month, when we ran a poll asking which City players should stay or go. In that instance, Musa received just a 17 per cent backing.
Here’s what City fans had to say on Facebook and Twitter.
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.”
Ahmed Musa of Nigeria celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal against Iceland
@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 c**p. 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 world stage but I remember seeing him score a better goal against Barcelona on his debut and expected great things that didn’t materialise. 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 means 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.”