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Puel Hints Iheanacho Has 4 Games To Claim Leicester’s Number 10 Role

Puel Hints Iheanacho Has 4 Games To Claim  Leicester’s Number 10 Role

Kelechi Iheanacho has until the end of the season to prove he can be The Foxes’ long term solution to their search for a Number 10 shirt, according to Leicester City manager, Claude Puel.

Puel is yet to find the perfect partner for striker Jamie Vardy, with Iheanacho and Shinji Okazaki failing to impress in the role.


According to Leicester Mercury, Iheanacho performed in the role well for the first 30 minutes against Southampton last Thursday but faded, and as he did so did Leicester’s tempo. And he ended up being substituted in the second half.

Iheanacho also failed to sparkle in the number 10 role when he played for the Super Eagles in their 1-0 win over Poland in an international friendly last month in Wroclaw.

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“I think until the end of the season it will be an opportunity for different players to play and take some habits, perhaps to give a good solution,” Puel told Leicester Mercury.

“We know all the hard work from Okazaki, for example and, in the last game, Kele had good intensity and quality.

“Yes, Kele is a young player, he can have game time, he can improve and give a good option for the future.

“We will see. We have different options and it is interesting to try.”

Iheanacho has made 17 appearances for Leicester City in the English Premier League (24 appearances in all competitions scoring five goals) and has scored providing three assists.

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  • Sound good for kele. For somebody that warmed the bench during the first round of the season to be commended like this. Keep it up.

  • Djeniko 3 years ago

    This coach is indirectly hinting Kelechi Iheanacho that a new one may be coming on board as that no10 is the weak link in the attack. Be care o Kelechi. Vardy has an assured role in Leicester but not Kelechi. The message is very very clear. So @Sint it is not a commendation but a warning to Kelechi Iheanacho. Come to think of it. Is Kelechi dwindling? Sone of Man City/Germany, Rashford of Man United/England, Jesus of Man City/Brazil. What is common with them? They are improving day in day out. Why not our poster boy Kelechi Iheanacho? Either he is damn lazy or something. I don’t think he is on drugs but everything should be done to help this young man move ahead progressively. Any obstacle should be removed even if it requires moving away from Leicester.

  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    Kelechi must quit is drinking club life ever Since he started hanging out with one of the psquares that was when he started becoming inconsistent. And this applies to most of our youngsters immediately they start earning foreign note they start living an unhealthy life. From then on their performance dwindles. This whites guys @djeniko stated are way smart and will use intelligence even before drinking water. I don’t want to comment more about issues surrounding our camp a word is enough for the wise if only my articles will go far to the present and future stars…. Always maintain good habit and improve on it instead of going into Rascal life Isaac success will advice them where is he today when was the last time he scored or kid a ball yet he was caught having issues with 2 ashawo girls he refused to pay at what age can’t he marry if sex is a necessity ? God bless Nigeria Kele best of luck we love you

  • I hope Kele will rise to the occasion and grab that shirt.

  • Isaack 3 years ago

    Apart from the age factor, let’s forget about the football age, when it comes to comparing kele with Rachford and Jesus in modern world we should think of self discipline and control. It is hard to get among the African player especially when you started from a big club were they have big players and no one to guide them. Kanu was able to last because he started from Ajax. Okocha has brother that monitor him and started from Franklfut but starting from Manchester City is not easy for a beginner with little up bringing. That’s kelechi problem.