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Iheanacho Scores In Leicester City Defeat To Udinese; Ndidi, Musa Also In Action

Iheanacho Scores In Leicester City Defeat To Udinese; Ndidi, Musa Also In Action

By Adeboye Amosu:

Nigeria forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, scored in his first pre-season appearance for Leicester City who went down to a 2-1 defeat against Italian side, Udinese at the Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt on Saturday Completesportsnigeria. com. reports.

Iheanacho, who started the game on the bench joined the fray alongside his international teammates, Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa on the half hour mark.

It was also the first pre-season outing for Ndidi and Musa, who like Iheanacho resumed pre-season duties with the Foxes last week after representing Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Kevin Lasagna put Udinese ahead in the 4th minute, while Darwin Macchis netted the second in the 23rd minute.

Iheanacho got Leicester City’s consolation goal a minute from time.

The striker held off two defenders before slotting the ball home after he was set up Ricardo Pereira following a fine counter attacking move.

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  • Iheanacho, when was this kind of performance against Argentina, eh?

    Keep up this kind of performances with consistency for club and country and maybe, just maybe, you might prove my dear Brother Sunny B wrong who believes in the next season or two, that you either will be playing for a backwater club in Turkey or a nothing-to-write home about club in Nigeria.

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    At the WorldCup Messi floped against Iceland and Croatia. He was mostly kept quiet apart from that goal against the SuperEagles. Kelechi had a blatant penalty overlooked against Argentina. He was fantastic when he came in against Croatia and was instrumental to our first goal against Iceland. I don’t know what else he needs to prove. Talking about progress, how many of his mates since 2013 have achieved what he has achieved? He has scored over 30 goals in the last 3 seasons despite limited playing time. If all his critics especially Sunnyb can provide me with a better option than Iheanacho in the SuperEagles then he’s got a future in coaching.

  • Let’s not get personal here; let’s try to explore this matter without the need to make career recommendations.

    Thus far, I think Kelechi has done exceptionally well for himself and he can be pleased about that.

    Against conventional wisdom, he signed, stayed and proved his worth in Man City. He, like you said, scored many goals at arguably the greatest league of all.

    You – Aphylly – say you don’t know what else he needs to prove.

    Well, he needed to prove to Pep Guardiola that he has the versatility to fit into a Premier League winning side. In the eyes of Guardiola, Iheanacho was lacking in certain areas so he had to cut the Nigerian loose.

    Coming from a big club like Man City, he needed to prove that he can walk straight into the starting eleven of Leicester – he had since struggled for game time.

    For me, Iheanacho’s immense skills and potentials are undeniable. Having said that, he can be chronically inconsistent with the propensity to demonstrate indecision and experience the odd brain-freeze when it matters.

    Look at a player like Etebo for heaven sake; the Stoke summer signing can be difficult to shake off the ball. Give Iheanacho a ‘nudge’ and he is dispossessed.

    I don’t have the kind of dire predictions of Iheanacho’s future like my dear Bro Sunny B (who is quite entitled to his views), as I think with the right tutelage, focus and hard work, he can go on to still achieve great things.

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    @deo. I don’t think he needs to prove anything to Guardiola. Remember Yaya Toure and Ibrahimovic. Who could ever believe Yaya could play under Pep again? Guardiola himself called Kelechi “A killer in the box”.

    The only reason he struggled in his first season with Leicester was because he had a toe injury in the beginning of the season. Yet he scored about 10 goals in all competitions. Neymar also flopped spectacularly at the Mundial.

    Of course every young player always have something to prove upon. He may not be the most intimidating presence upfront, but with the goal he scored today he’s improving on that aspect.

    I hope Nassarra Success can come back into the SuperEagles. Those are the kind of player Iheanacho can really benefit from their physical presence like the great Amokachi used to do for the great Rashidi during the glory days.

  • Though hes exceptionally gifted but sometimes he doesnt play like a player with hunger in him, i think he needs to do more to be a first 11 at Leicester.