Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers wants to get Kelechi Iheanacho enjoying his football again in a bid to end the striker’s goal drought.
Rodgers has tasked himself with improving every member of the City squad, including helping Iheanacho rediscover his scoring touch which appears to be one of his biggest challenges following a difficult campaign for the Nigerian forward.
The £25million signing has not found the net for almost six months, his last goal coming in a 3-1 win over Huddersfield in September.
But Rodgers is hoping that if he can ease the pressure on the 22-year-old and get him doing the basics well, goals will flow shortly after.
“I think it’s about improving every player, I’ve always seen that as my job,” Rodgers told Leicestercity.co.uk.
“It’s been hard for Kel (Kelechi) because he’s come in and he’s been a secondary striker at Manchester City. All of a sudden he makes a move for big money and I think everyone can see the potential.
“But he’s come in to one of the top strikers in the league (Jamie Vardy) and I think it’s very hard to displace that.
“But it’s just a case of adapting to these new players.
“Actually my job is not to put them in a trap of pressure, and take that away from them. Enjoy your football, but ultimately your first job is to press and work hard. From that what can you add into your game?”
Iheanacho has made 23 appearances since his last Leicester City goal, but mostly as a substitute, and then primarily as a support striker for Vardy or, in Claude Puel’s final days, as an auxiliary wide man.
Rodgers, however, insists that Iheanacho can only play as the leading man, a role Vardy has nailed down, making it more difficult to find a solution to the Nigerian’s woes.
“I think he’s a great talent but he’s a number nine. He’s not one who can play on the sides or come in,” he said.
“Some strikers I’ve worked with you can maybe shuffle them about and slide them around to make it work – but he’s a number nine and that’s it. And we already have a good number nine. So he’s got a fight to get ahead.
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