Leicester City since the hiring of Brendan Rodgers have slowly but steadily solidified their place as a legit top 4 team. They were one of the teams largely affected by “Project Restart” last year as they lost their top 4 spot and had to settle for a Europa League place. This year however, has seen Leicester take a step up and take advantage of some of the teams that have not played up to par so far. Under Rodgers they play an entertaining style of football and have hit on all their signings, Wesley Fofana being the stand out player this year. However they have been hit with injuries and the question of whether they had enough quality in depth to survive this period came up. Leicester currently have seven players injured 6 of which are regulars in the first team but they have still found ways to win games and in the middle of all that is Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho.
The former Manchester City wonder kid has rediscovered his scoring boots and at the best possible time. People tend to forget just how prolific Iheanacho was in his early days with The Citizens. In his first full season for Man City Iheanacho finished with 14 goals having started only 11 games and boasted the best goals-per-minute ratio of any player in the entire league (a goal every 93.6 minutes). He would eventually loose his place in the club after Pep Guardiola was signed to replace Manuel Pallegrini. After signing for Leicester there was a general concession that he would eventually take over from Vardy or at least secure a place in the line up alongside him, but a mixture of different coaches and inconsistent play saw him relegated to the bench. With injuries to star player James Madison and Harvey Barnes, Iheanacho was once again give an chance to display his talents regularly and he has done so.
Iheanacho has put on a show in recent weeks bagging 6 goals in his last 6 starts for the club. His movement off the ball has always been a strength and helps him link up well in the two striker system that has been deployed by Rodgers in the last few weeks. His touch on the ball is really neat and he is competent when driving with the ball on his feet. Most importantly, he is scoring goals again. Every striker gets judged by the goals they score and while Iheanacho may argue that he has not had the opportunity or stability to produce at a high level since his move to Leicester, the reality is, he has not scored enough or as much as expected. Right now the goals are coming in, his movement looks as sharp as ever and his hattrick against Sheffield in the weekend means he’s a man high on confidence, and if that is the Iheanacho we get every weekend, then do not blink cause the show has only just begun.