Jul 19, 2016

    New Leicester signing Musa ready to work with Vardy


    LEICESTER'S record signing Ahmed Musa admits the best decision he ever made was giving up goalkeeping to become a striker so feared that he is looking to make an immediate impact on the Premier League.

    The 23-year-old Nigeria international moved to the King Power Stadium for £16.5 million (S$29.5 million) from CSKA Moscow earlier this month.

    Having given up his goalkeeping ambitions as a schoolboy because of his diminutive stature, the 1.7m-tall forward, however, has no worries about coping with the physical challenge of the English top flight.

    Musa became a striker while still at school when he decided to hang up his goalkeeping gloves.

    He believes it was a decision that made his career, which has now taken him to England as a short-term understudy and potential longer-term replacement for England striker Jamie Vardy, who is six years his senior.

    But Musa believes the pair could also operate in tandem.

    "I was a goalie between 10 and 12," he revealed.

    "A lot of people used to tell me: Musa, you are too small to be a striker.

    "But I said: It doesn't matter what size you are, it's what you can do that matters.

    "I think I am like Jamie Vardy. I have speed, I like to work hard, we are similar in lots of things."

    Musa also admits he has been stunned by the Leicester work ethic in pre-season training.

    "When I started my first session, I was thinking 'wow'," he said.

    "Because I have never seen that in Russia - but now I am getting used to it.

    "The intensity here is quite different to Russia. Here, it is a little bit harder, in Russia they are more laidback.

    "I think that is the most difficult thing but I think that is the secret behind Leicester's success."