After a long drawn transfer saga, former Nigeria junior International Kelechi Iheanacho completed his move to former English Premier league champions Leicester City on Thursday in a deal worth £25m.
Best among his peers
Due to his talent, Kelechi won Africa’s young player of the year award twice in 2013 and 2016 respectively.
Instant hero at the Etihad
popular figure at Manchester City – scoring within seconds of replacing Wilfried Bony in the 89th minute in a 1-0 success over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in September 2015.
Iheanacho’s first career hat-trick came in a dominant 4-0 Emirates FA Cup victory at Aston Villa the following January.
Fulfilling a dream
As the young striker’s stock in the game
continued to rise at a rapid pace, he fulfilled a childhood dream to play in the UEFA Champions League at the semi-finals stage in a 0-0 first leg draw against Real Madrid in 2016.
Stats to judge
He netted 14 goals in 35 appearances for the Citizens and ended 2015/16 with the best goals-per-minute ratio of any player in the Premier League, averaging a goal every 93.9 minutes.
His strong performance in 2016 made Europe football governing body Uefa nominate him for FIFA’s Golden Boy award in 2016. Although it was eventually won by Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches.
The Foxes will certainly welcome his cutting edge. While Jamie Vardy finished the past campaign with a flourish to take his tally to 16 goals, Riyad Mahrez was the only other Leicester player to hit double figures (10).
Manager Craig Shakespeare’s alternative centre forward options, Islam Slimani (eight), Shinji Okazaki (six), Ahmed Musa (four) and Leonardo Ulloa (one) struggled to consistently trouble defences.
Hopefully, Kelechi will find consistent game time and an opportunity to prove he has what it takes to be more than just a bit-part goal-grabber from the bench.