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Leicester City Agree To Send Out-Of-Favour Striker On Loan: Does He Have A Future Under Puel?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Leicester City striker, Ahmed Musa is on his way to Russia to undergo his medical examination ahead of a loan move to CSKA Moscow. The Nigerian international has made zero Premier League appearances this season with just one in the EFL Trophy. Obviously, this is not ideal for a 25-year-old who started off his Leicester career so brightly.

Musa arrived at the King Power Stadium in the summer of 2016 for £18.2m as part of a restrengthening plan following Leicester’s Premier League title win in the 2015/16 season. The Jos-born forward is quick with his feet and has an incredible burst of pace to go past defenders at will. Standing at just 5 feet 7 inches, he is not what you would call a traditional number nine but at the same time do not underestimate his goal-scoring prowess. Over 5 seasons with Moscow, Musa bagged 54 goals and 29 assists and went on to score 13 in his 67 international caps. He is as agile as he is versatile and it is baffling to see how he cannot fit into the Leicester team under Claude Puel.

However, a case can be made over the consistent bout of displays by Jamie Vardy and the arrival of Kelechi Iheanacho last summer, who scored a brace against Peterborough United yesterday night. Islam Slimani is also someone who has fallen short of chances but has still made a few appearances.

With Marc Albrighton and Riyad Mahrez taking up the intense playmaking abilities from the wide areas and Demarai Gray and Shinji Okazaki fielded in the shadow striker role, Musa can no longer wait out his future with the Foxes. City have improved upon their 12th place last season finish by picking up the slack and challenging for the 6th spot. They are currently behind Arsenal in the 7th pace of the points table and are still alive in the FA Cup.

Claude Puel has made his return to the Premier League one to remember and has lifted the dying spirits of the players and fans. They have made a good enough impression in the top flight and are looking to finish in the top six.

The Ghanaian has looked less than comfortable in his role as a makeshift fullback and this might cost the side in the final stretch of the season. Musa’s career is in no sense over or can be ruled out as a bust. A short spell away from the club will give him the crucial first-team action he needs and on his return might find a place in the club, if Mahrez makes an exit to Liverpool.

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