Leicester City appear to have a new target man for set-pieces.
The loss of Harry Maguire and Wes Morgan’s lesser involvement means James Maddison now has less than ever to aim for during set-pieces.
Maddison had plenty of success finding City heads from set-plays last season, but he will have to work harder this term.
Jonny Evans (6ft 2in) and Caglar Soyuncu (6ft 1in) are points of focus, but aside from those two, Maddison has little to work with with the average height across Sunday’s starting Xi coming in at under 6ft.
Though, it seems there is one player who could now become his go-to man.
That’s Wilfred Ndidi who, despite being only 6ft tall, has the ability to climb above his man with tremendous athletic ability.
Something he showed with an incredible leap for his goal against Chelsea.
The City midfielder’s head looked to be as high as the crossbar (see picture) as he leaped above experienced defender Caesar Azpilicueta.
And it’s something the Foxes have been working on.
Ndidi told Sky Sports after the game: “We tried a couple of times in training with Madders (Maddison) and he told me I was going to score.”
The Nigerian midfielder was involved for City in the box last season, notably coming close against Arsenal, forcing Bernd Leno into a fine safe.
But it now looks as though he will become a focal point for Maddison, especially after the header he produced on Sunday.