Former U-17 World Cup winning assistant coach Nduka Ugbade, has made a bold
declaration while comparing Nigerian and Leicester City star Kelechi Iheanacho to Germany and Manchester City forward Leroy Sane, claiming the Super Eagles player is a better player.
Prior to Kelechi Iheanacho’s move to Leicester City in the summer, both
players were teammates at Manchester City last season.
But the on going 2017/2018 season in the English premier League has seen the German player of Senegalese decent return 6 goals, 6 assists in 8 matches while bagging the player of the month award for the month of October.
Iheanacho on the other hand has failed to break into the first team of the Foxes he joined, with the hope of a greater playing time he was denied at Man city, yet Ugbade who played some part in nurturing the player rates him above the in-form Sane.
“I would want to believe without any recourse to say because I have coached Kelechi that he is a lot better, if you are talking about mental speed, Sane is good but Kelechi is much better. Ugbade said while speaking to a sport radio Nigeria.
“If given enough the opportunity that Sane has, he will do better and as you have seen before, Kelechi played lesser matches last season and scored a lot of goals.
“Among the youths of the world I believe Kelechi has the highest mental speed, never mind what is going on at Leicester City at the moment”.
Coach Nduka Ugbade was the captain of the Golden Eaglets that won the U-17 World Cup in 1985, and assisted coach Emmanuel Amunike in winning the 2013 edition.
But his view on Kelechi Iheanacho and Leroy Sane both 21′, is bound to throw up a lot of controversy and debate amongst followers of the game.
One thing for sure is that Iheanacho has some catching up to do in terms of
form, but with the quality of players at Manchester City as compared to
Leicester City, Sane is in no doubt benefiting from better service with no bias to his superb talents.