Puel coy on future of Kelechi Iheanacho


The future of Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Leicester city striker Kelechi Iheanacho is not yet clear as the winter transfer window draws closer.

Iheanacho who played a key role in Leicester City’s U21s 2-1 victory over Scunthorpe on Tuesday has not been a regular with the Foxes since he joined from Manchester City in the summer.

His lack of game time at the club has fueled speculations that the youngster might seek a move in January as he requires regular action to be in top form ahead of a World Cup year.

Leicester City coach Claude Puel on Thursday during his press conference ahead of the Foxes trip to Newcastle revealed he is unsure of what might happen to the player in January.

With six strikers currently on the books of the Foxes and only two preferred to start by Puel on a matchday, Iheanacho is well behind Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and even record signing Islam Slimani.

“Kelechi had an injury and after, for the moment, we have competition,” said Puel when asked if he would sell Iheanacho, who only signed from Manchester City in the summer in a £25million deal.

“I am happy with Jamie for example. Kelechi or other players cannot play on the side.

“It’s difficult for them, but for me also to manage all these players because we have six strikers so there is no place for all the players.

“I try to respect them. Kelechi arrived this season and we will see. With all these games in this busy period, we will see.

“We can play 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 or 4-2-3-1. The system is not important.

“I think it is important also to have a good influence on the game with good combinations and good understanding between the players in midfield and Okazaki can play in this position also.

“But we have a lot of strikers with different qualities. We cannot play with all the players at the same time.

“It is difficult. Jamie is very strong and can play game after game. I hope we can give game time to other players during this busy period.

“Time will tell. The window is not open, we will see. For the moment, we just look at all these games. We need all the players.”

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