The arrival of Manchester Metropolis’s Nigerian hotshot Kelechi Iheanacho on the King Energy this summer time was met with pleasure and pleasure from all these related to Leicester Metropolis.
The 21-year-old had scored 21 objectives in 64 video games on the Etihad; averaging a purpose each three video games.
Nevertheless, the so typically predatory ahead has discovered objectives onerous to return by for the Foxes, managing to hit the again of the web simply as soon as in a Carabao Cup tie in opposition to Leeds. Iheanacho is already onto his second supervisor with the previous Premier League champions, because the membership’s dismal early season type noticed boss Craig Shakespeare changed with Claude Puel.
For a ahead so extremely regarded by these at Manchester Metropolis, simply why has the Nigerian worldwide been so underwhelming since his £25m transfer?
There are a lot of apparent solutions; he is enjoying in a group with much less high quality with possibilities few and much between. Maybe the managerial scenario has had an influence? However the scenario appears extra deep rooted than the aforementioned causes.
Within the early days of his profession, Iheanacho operated as an attacking midfielder extra typically than a ahead, a place constructed on selflessness and holding an eye fixed open for a defence splitting move quite than having a prolific eye for purpose. At occasions this season, the Nigerian has been maybe too selfless in entrance of purpose, a trait that each one nice strikers should not possess.
This can be right down to nervousness in his first actual profitable enterprise into the senior footballing world, or could also be right down to the truth that Iheanacho is solely discovering first group alternatives onerous to return by on the King Energy.
Moreover, at Manchester Metropolis, the Nigerian had the immense goalscoring abilities of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko to guard him from the brunt of the cruel judgement of followers and media alike ought to he fail to carry out, whereas at Leicester he finds himself underneath the highlight because the second most costly signing within the membership’s historical past.
Undoubtedly, there’s a participant in there someplace.
At simply 21 years previous, Iheanacho has earned a status for being a deadly poacher within the field, and gained the ‘Golden Ball’ award on the U17 World Cup again in 2013 – a prize beforehand gained by the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Toni Kroos.
Claude Puel and the Leicester squad must do their greatest to nourish a fragile however precocious expertise and try to reintegrate him into the beginning lineup, as for all of his flaws within the infancy of his Foxes profession, it is a participant trusted by Pep Guardiola to guide the road in a Manchester derby and one who had been tipped for greatness from a younger age.
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If anybody can assist develop the Nigerian, Puel can. The Frenchman gave Eden Hazard his Lille debut a few years in the past now, and if he can assist Iheanacho attain simply half of the Belgian’s heady heights, Leicester may have some participant on their palms.