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ROUND-UP: Iheanacho Ends 2017 With No EPL Goal, Aluko Extends Drought; Obi Starts Again

ROUND-UP: Iheanacho Ends 2017 With No EPL Goal, Aluko Extends Drought; Obi Starts Again

By Johnny Edward: Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho ended the year 2017 without scoring an English Premier League goal, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The 21-year-old Nigerian was left out of Leicester City’s match day squad that lost 2-1 at Liverpool on Saturday.


Mohammed Salah scored a second half brace to cancel out Jamie Vardy’s third minute opener.

Iheanacho featured in 16 EPL games in 2017 (seven for Manchester City and nine appearances for Leicester City) and has failed to find the back of the net.

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Iheanacho’s last league goal in the English Premier League was on 26 December, 2016 against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium when he replaced Nolito to score his fourth goal of the season.

Iheanacho was however prolific for the Super Eagles in 2017, scoring four goals in seven games for the national team.

Saturday also saw Wilfred Ndidi make his 21th start of the EPL season for Leicester City. So far in 2017, Ndidi has made 38 appearances in the English Premier League for the Foxes while Ahmed Musa was named on the substitutes bench for the first time this season on Saturday. Musa is yet to feature for Leicester City this season in the EPL.

Victor Moses on his part played for 57 minutes for Chelsea in their 5-0 rout of Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. It was his 14th start of the league campaign for the reigning champions.

At Vicarage Road, Isaac Success was left out of Watford’s squad that lost 2-1 to Swansea City with their new manager Carlos Carvalhal in charge.

In the English Championship, Ola Aina played the whole pf Hull City’s 2-2 home draw with Fulham. It was his 24th start for the Tigers this campaign.

Sone Aluko featured for Reading who drew 1-1 with Barnsley away. The Nigerian international came on for John Swift in the 60th minute of the draw.

The game also saw Aluko extend his goal drought to 10 games for Reading this season.

Aluko, who has scored twice in 20 English Championship games this season for Reading, last scored in their 4-2 win over Derby County on the 4th of November, 2017.

In Italy, Nigerian midfielder Joel Obi made his 11th Serie A start of the season for Torino in Saturday’s goalless draw with Genoa. Umar Sadiq was an unused substitute for the game.

Orji Okwonkwo was also benched for Bologna’s 2-1 loss at home to Udinese. Okonkwo has scored three goals in nine Serie A games.

In Scotland, Efe Ambrose was in action for Hibernian who played out a 1-1 at home to Kilmarnock. It was his 23rd appearance for Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership this season. He has one goal to his name so far.

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  • larrie 4 years ago

    kelechi should start watching Antonne Griezman’s tape to improve.