According to Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City, his productive conversation with Foxes boss Maresca resulted in his use as an offensive midfielder for the team this season.
Ndidi is revitalized under Maresca after switching from a defensive midfielder to a more offensive number eight role for the Foxes after suffering from two years of bad form while playing in his high-pressure position in front of the defenders.
The Nigerian claims that the move is paying off.
After nine games, Ndidi has shown a marked improvement in his comfort level since switching positions, and he is now Leicester City’s second-leading scorer, exceeding his best-ever campaign for the team in front of goal with three goals and one assist.
“It’s been good, it’s the other side of my game,” Ndidi said while speaking to BBC RadioLeicester’s When You’re Smiling Podcast.
“As a child growing up I’ve always been a central defender and then turning into a number six and now enjoying the number eight position.
“It’s just the way I am, having an open mind to play any position I can possibly play on the pitch. Just trying to enjoy football, be myself and enjoy football.”