Ndidi, Iheanacho & two African stars help Leicester City gain Premier League promotion

Ndidi, Iheanacho & two African stars help Leicester City gain Premier League promotion

Nigerian duo Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho, alongside Ghanaian winger Abdul Fatawu and Zambian forward Patson Daka, have all helped Leicester City make an instant return to the Premier League.

The quartet of African internationals have all been instrumental in helping the Foxes secure automatic promotion to the top flight for the 2024–25 season.

Ndidi has four goals and five assists in 30 league matches this season for Enzo Maresca’s side; Iheanacho has helped with five goals and one assist in 22 matches; Fatawu has six goals and 12 assists in 38 matches; while Daka boasts seven goals and five assists in 20 appearances.

Leicester currently tops the Championship, but their place in the Premier League for next season was confirmed on Friday night after second-placed Leeds United fell to a shocking 4-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers.

The Foxes, who were relegated in the 2022–23 season alongside Leeds and Southampton, will return to England’s top division immediately, making it the fifth time they’ve gained promotion to the Premier League, a joint-record shared with Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion.

Leicester’s return to the Premier League in the 2024–25 season will be their 18th season in the top division, with their most memorable moment being in the 2015–16 season, when they stunned the world to claim their first and only league title under the tutelage of Claudio Ranieri.

Maresca’s men still have their sights on the championship trophy, which will be their eighth in history, as they currently have 94 points from 44 matches.

Leeds are in second place with 90 points from 45 matches, but they have Ipswich Town with 89 points after 43 matches hot on their wheels as they both battle for their final Premier League automatic promotion spot. Southampton, who are fourth with 84 points from 44 matches, still possess a mathematical chance of sealing an immediate return to the top flight, but it will hinge hugely on the other two teams above them having a horrible end to their season.

Leicester will visit the Deepdale Stadium to take on Preston North End on Monday before playing their final Championship match against Blackburn Rovers at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, May 4.

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