Before February 3rd, Kelechi Iheanacho was yet to score a premier league goal and struggling to get minutes under his belt. The illustrious Leicester forward line comprising Vardy, Maddison and the injured Harvey Barnes weren’t doing him any favours.
The former city striker has since notched ten premier league goals, won the march player of the month award and looks set to take home Leicester’s top scorer fete off Jamie Vardy.
Iheanacho’s 80th-minute goal against Crystal Palace on the 26th April 2021 to seal all three points for the Foxes was his 14th in 14 games this season.
His fine form in front of the goal has enabled Leister City to stay in the race for a top-four finish and within reach of another champions league qualification. In a time that his strike partner isn’t firing as he’s accustomed to, ‘senior man’ as he is famously known has pinned down his position as an integral figure in the Leicester attack.
Leceister City manager Brendan Rodgers has had nothing but kind words and praise on Kelechi’s form “Over the last few months Kelechi has been incredible. It wasn’t just his goal but his work rate, he wants to press the game. He has no ego whatsoever and he works so hard.”
It is quite evident that Kelechi’s overall play has improved portrayed by his selflessness before the goal. He teamed up with Timothy Castagne for the first goal before more than one occasion laying it up for Jamie Vardy who failed to find the back of the net.
His manager admits that there is still miles of room for improvement. However, it is clear that his confidence in front of goal has skyrocketed and His club is the biggest beneficiary. A beneficiary of Leicester’s massive injury crisis himself, Iheanacho will surely provide the manager with a selection headache once everyone is up and firing.
The race for the final champions league slot is far from over if last season’s escapades are anything to go by. They lost out to both Chelsea and Manchester United on the final day of the season after a rather poor second half of the campaign.
That looked likely to happen again after a string of poor results against the league leaders City and a rejuvenated West Ham side. Back to back wins against relegation-threatened West Brom and Zaha’s Palace has seen them cement their position in the top four.