Like a chap at the mercy of an insane city, Ahmed Musa finally has a home.
After an unsettled two year spell at Leicester City in England, the Nigeria cult-hero has eventually landed a long-term contract with Saudi Arabia club, Al Nassr FC.
The club announced the capturing of the 25-year old on a four-year contract reportedly worth an initial £14.8million, which could rise to £25million. It probably meant a must to them, having seen an initial £12m offer rejected by the 2016 English Premier League Champions.
On one hand, the move is a far cry from progress, at the same time, it’s a stitch in time to save the career of the pacy forward. On the other side too, Leicester City didn’t have anything to lose financially. Looks like a win-win for all parties.
Ahmed Musa arrived Leicester City from CSKA Moscow in July 2016 for about £16m – a club record fee then for the foxes, before the arrival of Islam Slimani.
If you asked anyone in Nigeria then, there was nothing better than watching a Super Eagles player in the fancied EPL. For Musa too, it was definitely a step forward in his career; having made his mark in Nigeria (Kano Pillars), Holland (VVV Venlo) and in Russia with CSKA Moscow.
However, teaming up with a newly crowned Premier League champions wasn’t going to be easy. Musa endured a frustrating one and half year spell under Claudio Ranieri and Craig Shakespeare before seeking a loan move back to CSKA Moscow for the second half of the 2017/18 season.
Stating the obvious is saying Musa failed in the colours of Leicester and excusing his failure is saying he didn’t get enough time to prove himself. In one and half years, the former Kano Pillars man made 33 appearances for the foxes and scored just four goals. On loan in Moscow, he played in 10 league games and scored six goals.
Football, like life, presents a player with another opportunity. It might not be same as a missed chance in a big game or as even at same team, what’s overruling is a fresh start and Al Nassr, although looking like they need Musa have presented him with another chance to dazzle.
Musa doesn’t have to be reminded too. The player is fully aware of the much-needed revival ahead of him.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to start the next chapter of my career with you. I am so excited and can’t wait to get started! Thank you all for the warm welcome! I hope we create many great memories together inshallah” Musa tweeted after the confirmation of the deal.
With eight Premier League titles in their kitty, Musa has once again reconnected with fame, fortune and a lot of expectations. Hopefully, there would be a good connection between the past and the present for him.
Four years is enough time, if he wants to, he can play his way back to prominence in one of Europe’s top five leagues.