Young Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi scored a stunning goal to set his side on the road to a fourth Premier League win in a row as they beat Stoke City 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
The 20-year-old Nigerian, who arrived from Belgian side Genk in January, fired a stinging long-range shot into the top right corner to put caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare’s side ahead in the 25th minute.
Jamie Vardy needed just two minutes of the second half to double his side’s advantage, rifling the ball home with his right foot from the centre of the penalty area to secure all three points.
This was a day when anyone doubting Leicester was made to look foolish. Twenty-four minutes had elapsed when Stoke fans struck up a chant of “Champions of England – you’re having a laugh,” whereupon Ndidi wiped the smile off their faces in the most satisfying way.
After receiving a pass from Danny Simpson, the midfielder took one touch to set himself up for a shot that seemed ill-advised and then thrashed the ball into the top corner from 25 yards. He hit it with such power that by the time Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant had finished diving, Ndidi was already cupping his ears to savour the cheers of Leicester fans and the stunned silence of the visitors.
Leicester climbed to 13th in the table, four places below Stoke.