The din and fun-fair that accompanied his national transfer record move last summer was loud.
Finally, Kelechi Iheanacho, the leader of the nation’s generation of young movers and shakers in football, was moving towards regular club football away from the designated subtitute’s bench, where he was dumped at the Etihad by the reforms and reshuffling of Pep Guardiola.
Off to the King Power stadium, where considering the fee paid and the quality of Leicester City’s squad, it looked like the 21-years-old should be able to steal a spot for himself, his forté and amazing goal per
minute ratio for Manchester City put into a mindful consideration.
Fast forward 6 months later, Kelechi Iheanacho has managed just 2 EPL
starts for the ‘foxes’ and his entire duration on the pitch for the club is still well shy of 300 minutes.
What’s supposed to be a stroll into the squad, has proven to be harder than breaking into a military barrack for him.
He’s been starved of valuable minutes by people previously proposed far older,
less stronger and less skilled.
As things spread on the tactical table of
Claude Puel, the indispensablity of the duo of Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki aside, Islam Slimani is also ahead of the Owerri-born attacker in the perking order.
Unsurprisingly, Leicester City are currently ready to flog out the attacker to any party that shows any amount of interest even at far lesser price than the coughed out £25M, yet no club has shown interest in a player whose table was stacked with offers from every part of English top-flight just last summer.
His stock has plummeted rather expenditiously, like a car parked and abandoned and gradually getting painted in the brownish color of rust.
Speaking of rustiness without use, Kelechi Iheanacho’s lack of playing time has hampered his progress immensely and he’s obviously a shadow of what every pair of eyes that watched him help Nigeria to win her 4th FIFA U17 World Cup in UAE 5 years ago envisioned him to become, those numerous pairs of eyes whose mouths proclaimed him the next world-beater from the bowels of Africa, ready to dominate the world to an exhausting halt.
A swift change of club is really needed to stabilize the flickering light of his career and necessarily, a return to his natural position in the hole right inbetween the midfielders and the striker where he excelled ceremoniously at the aforementioned U17 World Cup, cooking up goals and finishing them right from the second striker/Attacking Midfielder role.
Hopefully, Iheanacho, the biggest buddle of football talent of the nation, will get a move away from Leicester City quick enough or risk his robust talent tampering down into mediocrity behind the long queue of strikers at the KingsPower stadium.