Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Leicester City’s Nigerian defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi both have this one for their major individual awards they got in the English Premier League (EPL) following what was a wonderful season for them both in what happens to be their debut in English football.
Of course, we all know about the story of Chelsea FC so far this season. Conte was named the Premier League Manager of the Year by the League Managers’ Association and it meant the Italian completed a managerial award double on his debut season having already won the Premier League manager of the Year gong earlier.
The former Italy and Juventus boss masterminded a stunning march to glory in his debut Premier League campaign as Chelsea amassed a record 30 wins in the 38-game season, finishing seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham on 93 points.
Also, his tactical ingenuity and man-management skills were amazing all season. Coming to take over at a time the club was in sixes and sevens vis-à-vis the poor 2015/2016 season that saw them finished 10th on the log despite winning the league the previous season.
Recall early in the season, he won the League Manager of the Month award back to back to back (October, November and December) ; something unprecedented in the EPL’s history after guiding The Blues to an incredible 13 straight wins in the league.
As for Wilfred Ndidi, the 20-year-old Nigerian joined Leicester from Genk in the January transfer window and has made a major impact at the King Power Stadium since then. He got the Young Player of the Year accolade at the club’s awards ceremony last Monday night.
Ndidi joined Leicester City from Genk of Belgium in the January transfer window and has made a major impact at the King Power Stadium.
He had 15 Premier League appearances and scored two goals. with Ndidi particularly impressive when Craig Shakespeare took over from Claudio Ranieri.
Ndidi beat the likes of Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell to the prize at the club’s award ceremony.
Now, he is being compared with Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante – who overwhelmingly won the League Player of the Year award and whom he replaced at Leicester – in terms of playing style.
Kudos to both men **Multiple claps** 😉