In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Premier League striker Dean Windass has praised Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers for picking Kelechi Iheanacho to play alongside Jamie Vardy in recent weeks.
Prior to James Maddison’s injury, the former Manchester City man had started just four Premier League matches this season.
But since Maddison suffered a hip problem during the Foxes victory at Aston Villa last month, Rodgers has replaced the England midfielder with Iheanacho, opting to play with two strikers as appose to his usual 4-2-3-1 formation.
And it’s paid dividends for the Leicester boss – with the Nigerian frontman scoring five goals in four matches, including a wonderful opener Burnley and a hat-trick against Sheffield United last Sunday, his first in the Premier League.
Leicester have claimed seven points with Iheanacho in the side, which has strengthened their top-four hopes, and Windass has credited Rodgers for his tactical switch.
He told Football FanCast:
“Unbelievable by the manager. Unbelievable. Vardy has been up there on his own all the time, and then all of a sudden Brendan has thought ‘I may go two up top’. If you can get two lads that can catch pigeons, then you’ve got a chance.
“And when he’s [Iheanacho] come in, he’s not let Brendan down. Fair play to him, he’s starting now and scored a few goals and come in and done very well. Fair play to the kid, his attitude has been spot on.”
You’d have been forgiven for thinking that Leicester might slip down the Premier League table without Maddison and Harvey Barnes in the side, but Rodgers’ slight alteration and bold decision to go with both Iheanacho and Vardy has seen the Foxes only strengthen their case to be playing Champions League football next season.