In what could be described as a reversal of fortunes for the two Nigerian internationals plying their trade for Leicester City, Wilfred Ndidi was not part of the starting line-up against West Ham on Saturday while Kelechi Iheanacho did not only play the entire 90-minute duration but opened scoring for Leicester.
In another contrast, Leicester won their match as opposed to the 4-0 punishment they got from the league leaders, Liverpool just two days before.
Second-placed Leicester, who made nine changes from the Boxing Day defeat by Liverpool, had a measure of control throughout and deservedly won through Demarai Gray’s composed second-half finish.
Gray did see an early penalty saved by Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski, but the Foxes still took the lead through Kelechi Iheanacho’s instinctive close-range header.
West Ham levelled through Pablo Fornals’ precise finish on the cusp of half-time, but they could not build on that in the second half.
Instead it was Leicester who were the more composed, illustrated by the slick move and finish by Gray which consolidated second place ahead of Manchester City.
The Foxes are four clear of City, who have a game in hand, but trail runaway leaders Liverpool, who have played two games fewer, by 10 points.
West Ham remain fourth bottom, a point clear of the relegation zone, although they have played one game fewer than their rivals at the bottom because of Liverpool’s triumphant involvement in the recent Club World Cup.