Leicester City Manager Puel Hails Goal Hero Iheanacho

Leicester City Manager Puel Hails Goal Hero Iheanacho

By Adeboye Amosu

Leicester City manager, Claude Puel has heaped plaudits on Nigeria forward, Kelechi Iheanacho after he hit the back of the net in the club’s 1-1 pre-season friendly draw against Spanish club, Valencia on Wednesday, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.

Iheanacho opened scoring for the Foxes in the 11th minute before Daniel Parejo levelled scores for the visitors few minutes later.

It was his second pre-season goal for the former Premier League champions after he netted in the club’s 2-1 defeat against Italian outfit, Udinese last week.

Puel was pleased with the way his players acquitted themselves against Valencia, not least Iheanacho, who struggled for regular playing time at the club last season.

“I think he (Kelechi Iheanacho) came back with a good mentality, of course he cannot play for a long time at the moment with good fitness levels,” Puel told the club’s official website.

“I’m happy about the mentality of the players. They’ve come back with a good spirt and with a fighting spirit.

“I’m happy about this, but we needed to make attention and protect them with rotation and to work on their fitness step by step. We will see what’s happened. I was happy also, for example about Demarai Gray.

“He played as striker in the last friendly games, he made fantastic things. We have good players, good quality, good young players, good balance between experienced players and young players. I hope we can continue this good work and keep the good togetherness.”

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  • abdulrahman 2 years ago

    I wish he could continue like this

  • Balorx 2 years ago

    make premier league come whether him go score 1 goal

  • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

    Continue to shame your bad Belle critics Kelechi. 2 goals in two games no be edikaikan.

  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    2 goals in preseason is no big deal I keep correcting you stop stop thinking anyone hates any player. What they want is consistency sometimes your post is really pissing me off. Add wisdom when reading Andy relating to peoples opinion before you talk. Balorx simply mean he should score when it matters and not in useless games. Simple Ayphilly learn from this

    • Greenturf 2 years ago

      The point is Balorx was wishing the poor lad Ill-luck and bad returns in the premiership.
      I do not see any sense in that if I must be honest.
      If you are wishing someone bad in their career remember you have got yours.Always remember that.

      • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

        Nigeria dear the guy is not wishing him bad I can tell. And why will anyone wish anyone bad he is just speaking in a simple parable that hope he will carry this scoring feat into the main league itself. We are sports fan and we should all be positive in our judgement. So we pray he carries this form into the premiership starting from the trip to Manchester therefore my advice to Kelechi is to reserve the best for the last when it matters.

        • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

          You should be smarter than that. You keep comparing him with Neymar. The point is that we do not have a Neymar in the SuperEagles. The goals he had scored before in the premier league na beans? Abeg don’t come here telling me to stop what I’ve been saying. You’re not my dad and CS no be anyone property. Just focus on your own thinking. If my comments are pissing you off then why are you still here?

  • Sunnyb 2 years ago

    @Chima guys I ve told you pls  ignore that jobless dude.

    • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

      Sunnyb the guy Ayphilly is always thinking people are fighting Kelechi or any of our players that we challenge to perform what then will he do to the Brazilians who are killing Neymar despite his 30goals a season simply because of his diving saga at the WC. If we as Nigerians share a pure and realistic mind a lot will change by then we will quit celebrating mediocrity and come to reality. Coz scoring in preseason is not something we should be celebrating rather let’s hope and encourage him to do well at the main stage. Because most of them will do well at preseason and flop at the league which is senseless because they invest all their energy at impressing instead of improving example is musa at last preseason even scoring against Barca but at the main league he will run with the ball and the end result is goal kick. Not saying he is bad but consistency and improvement is the key to long term victory.

  • Sunnyb 2 years ago

    Bro pls don’t waste your precious time on that guy, the dude is always here commenting on everything, what does that tells you. Fans criticize players everyday Bro, he can jump in the lagoon if is not comfortable with that.

    • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

      Why are you here commenting as well? I haven’t even commented here in a few days. Mr liar. Jobless shallow minded. You can go and hug electric pole.

  • Eyah! As for me, iheanacho has scored to goals now and I pray it continues…I know nothing about what happens when the league starts..at least for now.
    All I know is…
    Moses captained Chelsea
    Iwobi scored a decisive penalty
    Iheanacho had scored 2 goals in 2 games..
    Up Naija. 

  • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

    Thank you jare @Greenturf. When you’re wishing someone ill luck how is that related to encouragement? @sean 3 gbosas!!! For you. 2 goals in two games against Udinese and Valencia is consistent enough for me and I hope he continues to improve with hard work as he has rightly said. Anyone wey get problem with that can make use of a nearby transformer.

  • For me, Iheanacho’s case among some fans is not unique. There appears to be some players that will always have their critics no matter how well it appears they are playing.

    I have said it: once Iheanacho adds more consistency to his game, he will be really high up there. His skills, qualities and attributes as a player-of-note are undeniable. The fact that he is young also works in his favour as he can only improve with hard work, focus, concentration, application and the right tutelage.

    Allow me to use this platform to draw parallels with players like Iheanacho who always feel they have something to prove:

    Harry Kane – with an impressive 19 goals in 30 appearances for the 3 lions, Harry Kane was quoted during the world cup saying: ‘I’ve had to prove people wrong throughout my career and I love proving to myself I can do that, too. So this is about making that point.’. This after certain fans questioned his abilities.

    Nwankwo Kanu – After the 2004 Afcon, Kanu came for sharp criticisms for having never scored in any of the Afcons he had participated. The England-based forward simply felt his overall contributions to the national team meant he had nothing to prove.

    Neymar – It always appears that he carries the weight of expectation of an entire country on his shoulders any time he kits for Brazil. Any time the team fails, Neymar appears to bear the brunt of the failure.

    Peter Crouch – Although he scored 22 goals in 42 appearances for England and many cracking goals in the Premier and Champions leagues, Peter Crouch has spent his whole career facing critics who feel he is not technically gifted.

    Jonathan Akpoborie – Undoubtedly the best Nigerian striker in 1998, he failed to make that world cup under dubious circumstances. Some argued that his style was too “European” to fit the Nigerian system and that he never really performed in the green-white-green of Nigeria.

    • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

      Terrific analysis. There’s nothing wrong in criticising any top player. Ronaldo and Messi despite scoring 50 goals every season still have many critics. However, the difference between criticism and blatant ill luck wishful thinking is like night and day. Of course it’s pre season, but two goals against Udinese and Valencia is not bad for a player who I believe is still developing. It was through pre season that Moses found a way into Chelsea’s first 11. Now I saw him captain Chelsea for the first time. Iwobi got Wengers vote of confidence after impressing during pre season.

  • Sean, I quite agree with you. There appears to be a wind of change in Nigerian football and it is a positive one.

    What have we seen so far in pre-season?

    O: has been playing and scoring for Galastasaray.

    M: is being used in his preferred location up front.

    I: talks of contract extension at Arsenal. Scored the winning penalty pre-season.

    E: plays in pre-season and expected to take the championship by storm. Expect to see him in the premier league next season (by his grace).

    S: currently in the Rangers squad in Europa league playoffs.

    B: expected to gain valuable premier league experience.

    Amoniyi: continues his development in Belgium.

    I: back scoring for fun in China.
    (Ha ha ha, I know I have offended many with this entry)

    In all seriousness, we fans appear to have a bright future ahead to look forward to.

    • O-Onyekuru.

      • Haymaker 2 years ago

        Why you no kuku write out the names in the original post? No be the same effort? Na wa o!

  • Balorx 2 years ago

    some people just lack common sense. lets say the truth,iheanacho is a poor striker only scoring in fa cup, pre season and nt in important games. even in world cup, he was impressive against iceland that football is their par time job.(dnt give stupid excuse that iceland drew with argentina bcos they parked the bus against argentina but played normally against naija)

    • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

      Another stupid excuse is that Iceland knocked WorldCup semi finalist England out of the Euros only two years ago. Another stupid excuse is that Iceland almost prevent eventual champions Portugal from making it out of the group at the Euros. Infact the dumbest excuse is that Iceland qualified for the Mundial in Russia ahead of WorldCup finalist Croatia. LMAO!!! Now tell me who indelibly lacks common sense?

    • Bigdaf 2 years ago

      Iheanacho has scored 8 goals in20 games for the Super Eagles. In World Cup qualifying games and inAFCON qualifiers. That is one goal almost every two games. Ighalo on the other hand has scored 4 in 21 games. That’s one goal every FIVE games.
      In the current lineup Iheanacho and Musa are our only proper goal scorers.

  • Iheanacho competed against the likes of Aguero,sterling, Jesus, Bony, Negredo etc yet still got some game times and got some goals. In leicester, it’s against Vardy (English boi), Mayhrez, Okazaki. …yet, still featuring. Even iwobi with ozil, welbeck, Lacazette, Walcott, Auba…etc. so…if u really have a replacement (s) for these guys in the national team, reason am…whom does the replacement compete with? Can he bench or has a game time playing with these players listed above? Which club does he play for? Is there competition there among the players? Imagine iwobi or iheanacho there, will the play there or sit on d bench?

    • Hopefully in the course of the up-coming season, more Nigerian strikers will hit form to provide healthy competition for the likes of Iheanacho.

      It’s a season that seems to hold a lot of promise for Nigerian players, one that I eagerly await.

      Shame that I had to watch the whole of the Rangers match yesterday with Sadiq sitting it out on the bench. I guess Gerard doesn’t want to rush him into games.

      • Greenturf 2 years ago

        Rightly,it is a season that comes with lots of promise.Already there are positive vibes and new players would be unearthed in the course of the season.
        Meanwhile,the gaffer was seen in France discussing with some Nigerian players ahead of a clash against his former employers Girondes Bordeux in the Europa league second leg second round clash.Work has begun to throw in new players to bring fresh challenges and hopefully we shall have new names and heroes on our lips.
        God bless Nigeria.

  • Good news; I have just heard that Gareth Bale’s country teammate, Wales captain Ashley Williams has opted to leave premier league side Everton to join Etebo in Stoke city in a bid to help them gain automatic promotion back to the Premier league.

    I hope to follow their progress starting with the mouth watering tie against one-time Champions League semi finalists Leeds United on Sunday August 5.

    My money is on Etebo and his colleagues to bounce back to the premier league but the battle will be fierce.

  • @Walking, I know!! But we move on, at least it means he wouldn’t have to play in Shaqiri’s shadow. I am really hoping Etebo sets the Championship alight.

    It is a perfect platform for Etebo to display his immense skills and hopefully either play for Stoke in the premier league next season or be snapped up by a quality premier league side who would have seen his qualities up close .

  • Balorx 2 years ago

    someone saying iheanacho competed with the likes of jesus,aguero,debruyne.?? kikikiki….. i laugh in spanish. those players dnt even knw they have any competitor at all. even at leicester, he only get good playing in fa cup(to enable vardy rest) where he will form boss against the likes of leeds united, oxford,shrewed town. smh someone that even the bench is tired of. vardy doesnt even counts him as a competitor. nt even 3rd choice striker. continue praising mediocrecity