Former coach gives advice to help solve Leicester striker riddle


Former Nigerian Under-17 coach Emmanuel Amunike urged Kelechi Iheanacho to keep his feet on the ground and gave him advice on how to break into Leicester City’s starting XI.

Iheanacho, 24, has now entered his fifth season for the Foxes after joining Manchester City in the summer of 2017. He made 101 Premier League appearances for the East Midlanders, scoring 21 goals. But only 44 of those outings were departures.

And the African ace has yet to receive the green light from Brendan Rodgers this quarter. Amunike coached Iheanacho while in charge of the Nigeria youth squad which won the 2015 Under-17 World Cup.

He watched with interest as Iheanacho moved to Manchester before entering the Citizens’ senior squad. The talented striker has scored 21 goals in 64 appearances in all competitions for the Premier League champions.

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And it was a bit of a surprise when he was moved to King Power Stadium. The Nigeria international has shown a glimpse of his undoubted talent.

But he did not show the consistency necessary to become a regular holder. And Amunike believes it’s essential that the Nigerian man with 11 goals doesn’t get too quick.

“He shouldn’t let today’s success overwhelm him because what’s good in football today is outdated tomorrow, so he just has to keep making it and keep working hard,” he said. he declares. Tribal football.

And the former Tanzania boss has described an area his former manager must work on to convince Rodgers of his worth.

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“He’s a talented player. But of course there are other aspects that a player has to try as much as he can to improve himself, especially when he is not with the ball, ”he added.

“It is more important to know how to play without the ball and that will justify how to fully assess a player. “

Rodgers admits Iheanacho’s failures

After starting 16 high-level games in 2020-2021, Iheanacho reportedly had high hopes for the new campaign. However, he has been limited to just 82 minutes of league football so far and has yet to find the net.

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But he was on the scoresheet as Leicester beat Millwall 2-0 in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night. It remains to be seen if that will be enough to earn him a starting spot against Burnley on Saturday.

Towards the end of last season, the Northern Irishman did not fire any punches in his assessment of the attacker.

Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring for Leicester against Norwich, August 2021

“Jamie Vardy has done this throughout his career and Kelechi Iheanacho is now showing his qualities,” he said. “He can still improve because he still makes too many mistakes, but he’s getting in there.”

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