Sacked Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has come in for heavy criticism from England legend Gary Lineker for putting faith in Ahmed Musa despite the Nigeria forward’s poor run of form.
Musa was operated on the right flank in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League 2-1 defeat by La Liga outfit Sevilla at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, but the 24-year-old, who moved to Leicester from Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow for a club record £16.6m last summer, turned out a performance well below par.
The Premier League champions should be grateful to their Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who made a string of top draw saves in the encounter.
And Lineker, who expressed his disappointment with his old club’s showing against the Spaniards, criticised Musa for another disappointing performance.
“Defend Claudio to the end after last season but his faith in Musa is baffling. Now I’ve said it, please prove me wrong,” the former Leicester striker, who holds England’s record for most goals in the World Cup with 10, wrote on his Twitter page. “Haha beautifully timed tweet. Bye Musa.”
According to statistics, former Kano Pillars star Musa, who has only four goals to his name in 28 appearances for the struggling Foxes this season, got only 20 touches in 57 minutes before Ranieri sent on Demarai Gray after removing him.
Meanwhile, Lineker criticised Leicester’s decision to sack Ranieri.
Ranieri was ruthlessly given the boot by the Foxes just 298 days after leading them to the Premier League title, according to Daily Star.
Leicester’s fortunes have tumbled this season and they are currently embroiled in a relegation battle.
But the 56-year-old former Barcelona striker believes the decision to axe Ranieri is a sign the “game’s gone”.
He tweeted, “After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad.”
The ex-Tottenham forward added, “Claudio Ranieri? Sacked? Really? Dilly Ding Dilly Game’s Gone.”