Former Leicester City striker Brian Deane has told Football FanCast in an exclusive interview that there is no reason why Kelechi Iheanacho cannot succeed Jamie Vardy at Leicester City.
Vardy has been Leicester’s first-choice No.9 for a while now to say the least, with the 34-year-old playing 35 times and scoring 23 goals in the league last season.
It has often meant that Iheanacho, 24, has had to settle for the bench, but the Nigeria international has seen much more minutes on the pitch of late and has not disappointed.
In fact, it was Iheanacho who scored in Leicester’s 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win against Southampton to send the Foxes back to Wembley, where they will play Chelsea in the final of the competition.
And while he views the two as different types of strikers, Deane believes Leicester could have their Vardy successor in Iheanacho.
On Iheanacho potentially replacing Vardy one day as Leicester’s main man, Deane told FFC:
“Iheanacho’s a slightly different player because he’s a bit more robust. He’s strong, he’s quick and he plays a different type of role. It just depends on how Leicester are building their squad, it just depends on how they’re going to play. I mean, he’s scoring all the goals at the moment.
“He’s on fire and I like him. I’ve liked what I’ve seen and we’re kind of seeing somebody who’s developing and that development we’re seeing it because he’s scoring goals, so he’s becoming more and more confident. So there isn’t any reason why [he can’t replace Vardy].”
Iheanacho signed for Leicester from Manchester City back in 2017 in a deal said to be worth around £25m.