Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed Kelechi Iheanacho’s impact at the club this season as the Nigerian forward prepares to lead the line in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg clash against Aston Villa, reports Completesports.com.
Leicester are hopeful that Jamie Vardy could still recover in time to face Aston Villa this week but Iheanacho made a claim for a starting place by scoring the winning goal in Saturday’s FA Cup victory over Brentford.
The 23-year-old has now struck seven times in 12 games this season, having struggled for goals and confidence for so much of his Leicester career since joining from Manchester City for £25 million in 2017.
Iheanacho scored just twice last season and Rodgers has said he is delighted with the forward’s performance in recent games.
“I’ve been delighted with him, whether he starts or comes off the bench, he makes an impact,”Rodgers told a news conference on Monday.
“I know he had a difficult period here, you sense the supporters are with him, they can see his qualities.
“It makes him a possibility to do well when he plays. In a winning squad, you have to be prepared to play the role.”
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