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Premier League: Iheanacho Benched Again As Leicester Suffer Home Loss Vs Leeds

Premier League: Iheanacho Benched Again As Leicester Suffer Home Loss Vs Leeds

Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute in Leicester City’s 3-1 home defeat to Leeds United at the King Power stadium in the Premier League on Sunday, Completesports.com reports.

Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy were not in action for Leicester due to injury.

Leicester took the lead in the 13th minute after neat interplay between in-form attackers Harvey Barnes and James Maddison.

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Barnes received the ball after a one-two, and evaded the attentions of Luke Ayling to slot home into the bottom corner.

Leeds immediately hit back through Stuart Dallas in the 15th minute. Ayling atoned for his slack marking moments prior by playing Patrick Bamford in down the right. 

Bamford fed the onrushing Dallas, who struck an emphatic low drive that nestled in the bottom corner.

Leeds went 2-1 ahead on 70 minutes through Bamford who unleashed a powerful drive past Schmeichel into the top corner after he was played on towards goals by Raphinha.

And in the 84th minute Leeds put the game beyond all doubt with a breathtaking counter-attack to ran out 3-1 winners.

Bamford raced away on goal and drew the attentions of Schmeichel before sliding the ball across to Jack Harrison to fire home into the empty net.

Leicester are in third position on 39 points and Leeds in 12th on 29 points in the league table.

By James Agberebi 

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  • They wont allow you go out on loan and they wont allow you play too. Whats up with rodgers? Allow this man go to where he will get playing time na. His constant bench performance will cost him an invite to the National team. There are enough players at the disposal of the national team coach right now, so if iheanacho isnt playing, then it will be so easy for the coach of the Super Eagles to omit his name from those being invited for the games in march.

    • If Kelechi is not careful, his time with the SE & Rohr might be coming to an end so early in his career. The question is: Is he himself really bothered by the situation? Did he make any transfer request or ask to go on loan? Has he discussed with Rogers and suggested a preferred position with him? Has he even managed an EPL goal this season?

      He should remember former regulars who’ve more or less been frozen out of the national team – Isaac Success, Anthony Nwaekeme, Ogenyi Onazi, Henry Onyekuru etc.

      Talent is never enough. You must put in a good dose of hard work, determination & being at the right club at the right time in the mix.

      At the moment, bar injury to other SE strikers, I doubt Kelechi is in the top 3 of the pecking order. And not that any of them – asides Osimhen – really excites me. I just hope FIFA releases Lookman soon.

  • Ihenacho does not need the permission of any coach to at least ask for a move on loan, he has been a perpetual bench warmer since he arrived at Leicester and he seems to be comfortable with it, if not he would have moved even before Rodgers became the coach.Ihenacho and Isaac success are both very lazy players who are most probably always calculating the Naira value of their pay check week in week out and believe that they are on top of the World. Isaac Success is even worse, Ihenacho on his part is very talented but he is struggling partly because he was pushed to #9 a position he is not naturally built to play in. This guy is a one legged player like Arjen Robben of Holland and Ribery of France who were both massive players and were very prolific in front of goal yet they never played as outright strikers whether at club levels or their National teams. Ihenacho will sparkle behind the strikers because he is a better passer of the ball than a scorer, we seems to have forgotten his defense splitting passes at the U17 level and focused on his goal scoring abilities. If he continues to play as an out right striker he may continue to warm the bench even if he leaves Leicester for a smaller clubside.

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