Leicester striker Musa hopes to emulate former Arsenal star

Date published: Monday 18th July 2016 9:19 - Rob Conlon

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Ahmed Musa wants to emulate former Arsenal striker Nwankwo Kanu ahead of his debut Premier League campaign with Leicester.

The Foxes broke their transfer record when paying CSKA Moscow £16.6million to sign Musa, meaning expectations are high for the forward.

But the 23-year-old has vowed to be a success in England and wants to emulate his former teammate with the Nigeria national side.

“I’m going to do whatever it takes to become a legend like Kanu. All Nigerian kids want to play here and I believe this is going to be a good league for me,” Musa told The Sun.

“I took advice from my friend Kanu. He told me a lot about England and Leicester and said it would be a good move for me. Kanu won the league and FA Cup twice with Arsenal and the FA Cup again with Portsmouth.

“He’s probably Nigeria’s most famous footballer, ahead of Jay-Jay Okocha and Finidi George. I’ve a long way to go to rival their achievements. But I’ve always been used to upsetting the odds.”

There are some doubts whether Musa will be able to handle the physicality of the Premier League, with the forward standing at only 5ft 7in.

But the diminutive attacker has taken inspiration from the displays of Jamie Vardy in Leicester’s title-winning season.

“People used to tell me, ‘Musa, you are far too small to be a striker’. But I’d always reply, ‘It doesn’t matter what size you are, it’s what you do that matters’,” he added.

“The only time that didn’t work out was when I was a goalkeeper!

“I was a goalie until I was 12. Then I went outfield, which was the best decision of my life because I don’t think I’d have made it anywhere as a keeper.”

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