The move hasn’t really gone to plan as of yet, has it Leicester City fans? Upon Kelechi Iheanacho’s £25m move to the Foxes approaching two years ago now, as per the BBC, it seemed a stellar bit of business for a player with bags of potential and for someone that could help lead the line for years to come.
The excitement was understandable. Iheanacho excelled in his first senior campaign with Manchester City, having netted 14 times and providing five assists across all competitions in game time amounting just 1,198 minutes in the process.
Even under Pep Guardiola, granted he featured less frequently when Gabriel Jesus joined, but he still managed another seven goals and three assists after starting just nine games across the whole season.
During that campaign, in fact, for a period of time, the Nigerian international was able to boast the best goals-to-minutes ratio in the Premier League for players who have scored more than 10 League goals. Considering he had netted once every 96 minutes as of Boxing Day 2016 and Leicester needed to take some of the goalscoring reliance off Jamie Vardy, a move to the East Midlands seemed very wise.
Iheanacho is still waiting for his career to take off at Leicester. He did impress in the cup competitions last year and got some goalscoring form together in the league at the back end of last season too. Though this time out, he has once again struggled for game time having last started in January, and rarely featuring since under both Claude Puel and Brendan Rodgers.
The 22-year-old still has three years on his current deal, so he has time on his side, but what does the future hold for Iheanacho?
Well, as the sole striker under Rodgers, Vardy is doing an excellent job of leading the line, having netted 10 in 11 games since the Northern Irishman’s arrival. So, at least for the short-term, there should not be any movement in terms of starting personnel in that department.
Iheanacho may be a suitable second striking option for now, but if Vardy was to suffer from an injury for example and Iheanacho must come into his role, could he be trusted to perform to Rodgers’ standards on and off the ball, whilst remaining potent in front of goal?
Unless he really steps up his game over pre-season and into the new season, it would come as no surprise to see Rodgers look to the transfer market for an alternative option to trust – someone who can learn from Vardy for the next year or two and then lead the line beyond Vardy’s involvement with the Foxes.
The Telegraph have reported that Leicester have expressed an interest in RB Leipzig’s Jean-Kevin Augustin so a potential option could already be in mind, but Iheanacho now must do everything in his power to turn Rodgers’ head and stake his claim for the striking role before it is too late.
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