Kelechi Iheanacho returned early from international duty, reported to be leaving the Nigeria camp to deal with urgent family matters. He scored one goal in the 2-2 draw vs. Saudi Arabia in the recent match, but will not be playing the next one vs. Mozambique.
TCF believe it is a place for both Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy in the starting eleven for Leicester, since both of them possess skills and quality very much needed going forward, to leave one of the top goalscorers on the bench is a mistake.
Kelechi Iheanacho has not been dropped from the Nigeria team, despite having Napoli forward Victor Osimhen also available, lately playing Kelechi either as a second striker or out on the flank. We have seen the transition of Wilfred Ndidi this season, being turned to an offensive beast of a midfielder, but for Nigeria still playing in a traditional midfield role with mostly defensive duties. This shows that players are adaptable.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s form for Leicester has been great and he has shone, but we all know coming January it could be the last we have seen of the player in a City shirt. His contract is out in June 2024, and playing in AFCON with Nigera is the perfect window for him to shape interest.
He will reach 220 games for Leicester in all competition when he play next, so far a total of 90 goals. It’s a shame that no manager since his arrival has never really managed to bring the best out of him, switching him in and out of the team, not really tested him in a long term relationship with Jamie Vardy, as goal tallies could have gone through the roof.
Tom Cannon, currently out injured, will of course be an alternative to call on for Leicester during the AFCON, and surely having signed another forward, makes it difficult to see a long future at the club for Kelechi Iheanacho, being linked with a move away also last summer. He is probably looking for his next chapter at another place, despite telling everyone he is happy being at Leicester. We would of course have loved to see the 27 year old continue, but that looks a far shot in a clear picture of reality.
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