Is Iheanacho back?


It has been said it severally : play Iheanacho and he will deliver.

It can’t be put any more bluntly. The only way to really assess whether Iheanacho is back to anything resembling his best is for him to play more regular football

Whenever his name is mentioned, some other fans are quick to want to point out that perhaps Iheanacho’s glory days are behind him.

That may just not be the case: 3 well taken goals in pre-season games led some fans to believe that the former Man City forward will deliver if given a run of games.

Looking at his performance against Luton yesterday in the 20 meagre minutes that he was on the pitch in the Carabao Cup 3rd round encounter, the follwing were his stats : 4 shots on target, 80% passing accuracy, 1 involvement in build up to a goal and 1 eloquently taken chip-goal to his name.

Iheanacho showed power, pace and persistence in driving into the 18 yard box, rounding the keeper (twice) before feeding Gray whose cross was converted for Leicester’ penultimate goal.

His own goal itself was a delightful lob that evaded the goalkeepers best effort before nestling in the back of the net.

After the match, The assistant coach said: "It is great for Kelechi because he has been outside of the squad, let alone the team, just recently but he’s been working hard in training, the manager has given him an opportunity tonight and he’s come in and he’s not been on the pitch for long but he’s made an impact.

He’s scored, he’s pressed the game well, he showed a good hunger, a good appetite, and it’s an instinctive finish to chip the goalkeeper.” Concluded coach Davies.

As 3rd choice centre forward behind Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez, it remains difficult to see how Iheanacho will get a reasonable run of games this season.

Perhaps he should seek a loan move to either a Scottish Premier League side or an English Championship side in the next transfer window if he is so keen to stay and play in the United Kingdom.


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