Monday, 1 February 2016

Kelechi Iheanacho has all the attributes to become
a great striker, says Manchester City manager
Manuel Pellegrini.
Iheanacho, who joined the Premier League giants
after helping Nigeria win the 2013 FIFA Under-17
World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, has been in
stunning form this season for the Citizens. The
19-year-old scored his first career hat-trick in
their 4-0 FA Cup defeat of Aston Villa at Villa Park
on Saturday.
The forward, who made his international debut in a
2018 World Cup qualifier against Swaziland in
November 2015, has scored eight goals in 16
appearances for Man City.
Pellegrini has praised the UAE 2013 Golden Boot
winner’s development since he promoted the
young player to the first team at the beginning of
the season, saying the Nigeria attacker has great
future in football.
“He’s a very good young player. That’s why we
kept him in the squad this season and that’s why
we didn’t replace Jovetic and Edin Dzeko because
I see him working every day and I know how
important he can be,” the Chilean was quoted as
saying on the club’s official website on Sunday.
The 62-year-old former Real Madrid boss
commended Iheanacho’s work ethic, saying he
had no regrets keeping faith with the player.
“I see him working every day so I know what he
can do,” the Daily Mail quoted the Chilean as
saying.
“Maybe I received some criticism why we didn’t
replace (Stevan) Jovetic and (Edin) Dzeko and I
answered we had Kelechi.”
Iheanacho expressed his delight at scoring three
goals in Saturday’s encounter. But he admits he
still has a lot to prove, insisting he is not out to
send Argentina star Sergio Aguero out of the first
team.
Manchester Evening News quoted the youngster as
saying, “I won’t be kicking Sergio Aguero out of the
team just yet!”
“I am happy to play together with Sergio and hope I
can do it for many more years at City.”

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