Wilfred Ndidi produced a Man of the Match display on his return from a two-game suspension for Leicester City on Thursday.
Ndidi slotted straight into the middle of the park, alongside Adrien Silva, in the scoreless Premier League draw with Southampton.
The Nigerian was massive in possession, elegant off it as he dictated the tempo of play.
According to stats website, Whoscored, the 21-year-old was the best on display alongside compatriot Victor Moses for Chelsea.
The WhoScored Man of the Match awards for Thursday’s Premier League action, in association with @BetVictor
1. Victor Moses vs Burnley – 8.47 rating
2. Wilfred Ndidi vs Southampton – 8.43 rating pic.twitter.com/VZRI7CgjYE
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 19, 2018
Chances were at a minimum in the opening stanza, with Leicester the more dominant of the two sides in the attack, although it didn’t amount to much on their various counterattacking opportunities.
Kelechi Iheanacho threatened early on for the Foxes, coming close in the 15th minute with a strike that narrowly missed the far corner.
This came briefly after he followed up on his own blocked attempt moments prior.
The Saints now sit four points behind 17th place Swansea City, while Leicester remains in eighth place — trailing Arsenal and the top six by 10 points.