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Profit Players: Kelechi Iheanacho

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Manchester City supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side suffer a second Premier League defeat of the season at the weekend.

Pep Guardiola’s men went into their encounter with Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium having won all nine of their previous league games at home this term, and going into Saturday’s clash with Roy Hodgson’s men off the back of a 3-1 success over Everton the week before. Yet the Citizens slipped four points behind leaders Liverpool after a surprise 3-2 loss at the hands of the Eagles on Saturday, with goals from Jeffrey Schlupp, Andros Townsend, and Luka Milivojevic inspiring the visitors to all three points.

As such, there have been many disappointed City fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for much improvement from their team when they face Leicester City later on today.

And the North West outfit could come up against a former employee in the form of striker Kelechi Iheanacho at the King Power Stadium this afternoon, what with the Nigeria international making the move to the Midlands for £24.93 million (as per Transfermarkt) back in the summer of 2017.

But with the 22-year-old having struggled to reproduce his best form in the blue of Leicester in the last 18 months or so, it appears that City are the only real winners from a backfiring decision by the Foxes.

Ultimately, Iheanacho earned a big-money move to the King Power Stadium as a result of impressing when given the chance at City, netting 21 goals and laying on eight assists in just 64 appearances for the Citizens, many of which coming off the bench to underline the impact he had when on the field for the club.

And having shown great predatory instincts during his time at the Etihad Stadium, Leicester clearly felt that he could add a great deal more firepower to a Foxes frontline very much reliant on former England international Jamie Vardy.

However, that reliance still remains pretty evident as 22-year-old Iheanacho has on the whole struggled to produce the goods upfront in Claude Puel’s team, netting just three times in the Premier League last term in their run to ninth place, and having scored just once so far this time round.

And after a pretty poor display against the Citizens in the Carabao Cup last week, it’s clear that Iheanacho still has a lot of improvements to make if he is to provide the genuine alternative to Vardy that Leicester so desperately need – after all, the Englishman will be 32 next month.

Clearly then, it’s a deal which hasn’t quite paid off for the Foxes given Iheanacho has on the whole looked a shadow of the player he was at City – yet for the Citizens to receive a healthy £24.93 million for a player who wasn’t regularly in first team contention was business very well done indeed.

In fact, such have been the 22-year-old’s difficulties, it’s clear that City have been the only real winners from what is proving to be a backfiring Leicester decision.

Man City and Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!


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