Good news for Iheanacho despite terrible form at Leicester City

The future of Super Eagles striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, at Premier League club, Leicester City, has been in major doubt this season no thanks to a string of poor performances – capped with his woeful miss in the match at Manchester City on Monday night.

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Leicester trailed by a lone goal scored by Vincent Kompany in the 79th minute when Iheanacho, on as a substitute as the Foxes searched for a goal back, was found Hamza Choudhury only for the Nigeria international to send a first-time effort well wide of goal with just goalkeeper, Ederson, to beat.

But now, Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Iheanacho remains in his plans for the 2019/20 season. “Yes he is [part of my plans],” Rodgers told Leicester Mercury.

The former Liverpool boss also said: “He’s just had his first season adapting to a new club. Then when you’re playing or challenging one of the best strikers in the league, it’s difficult.”

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That miss at the Etihad Stadium has been the summary of the 22-year-old striker’s unimpressive form this season, having only scored twice in 35 appearances across all competitions. Still, Rodgers has faith in him.

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“Kel will come back into pre-season, have a really good pre-season, gain more confidence, work hard and hopefully come out of that with a renewed motivation to show his qualities,” Rodgers, who joined Leicester from Scottish champions, Celtic, said.

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Iheanacho has been limited to nine Premier League starts this season and he is behind Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki in the pecking order. But with Okazaki leaving at the end of the season, he looks set to get more opportunities at the King Power Stadium.

“His appetite, his work, and then in games, where he has come on, whether it’s for five minutes or for 15 minutes, he’s impacted the game and done very well, and he nearly did again, it’s just unfortunate,” Rodgers said.

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“I’ve been impressed with him,” he continued. “He knows he should score, in big games you don’t get many chances and he has the quality, but it just didn’t happen for him. He’s a fantastic young player and hopefully he can show that over his time at Leicester.”

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