Kelechi Iheanacho set to explode in the 2018/19 Premier League Season

According to former English football Adrian Clarke, Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho will be one of the impact players in the 2018/19 Premier League season.

The Leicester City forward is set to be one of the players that will represent Nigeria at this years FIFA WORLD CUP starting on June 15 in Russia, according to Clarke who is now a tactic expert’

A brilliant performance as a substitute in a 4-1 victory at West Bromwich Albion on 10 March helped revive Kelechi Iheanacho’s debut season as a Leicester City player.

Providing a delicious chipped pass to Riyad Mahrez for Leicester’s second goal, and scoring with a powerful header shortly afterward, the Nigerian’s introduction turned the match.

Ever since that defining contest, the 21-year-old has been a player transformed.

Iheanacho does not offer the same work-rate or defensive qualities as Shinji Okazaki, his principal rival for a starting place, but he does possess a greater goal threat.

His five goals in seven starts for Leicester in the cup competitions suggests he could well get more starts next season.

Despite suffering from a disjointed first two-thirds of 2017/18 his numbers over the whole season still stack up well when compared with those of his Japanese team-mate.

Iheanacho v Okazaki 2017/18
 Attacking stats Iheanacho Okazaki
Minutes 824 1328
Goals 3 6
Mins per goal 275 221
Shots per 90 (excl. blocked) 2.2 1.6
Shots on target per 90 1.2 1.1
Key passes 1.2 1.0
Blossoming partnership

Iheanacho grew into the role as Jamie Vardy’s foil in attack. The pair exchanged passes twice as often from 10 March onwards as they had done previously.

Like Vardy, Iheanacho is quick, which means he also has the ability to run beyond his strike partner; that is a tactic I expect the Foxes to work on this summer.

Such a variety of movement will give opponents a headache next season.

Iheanacho made only seven Premier League starts this season but the indications are that he is ready to kick on and become a key man for Leicester.

His improvement towards the end of the season suggests exciting times lie ahead.

Source: Premier League


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