Kelechi Iheanacho has committed his future to Leicester City by signing a new contract.
The Nigerian’s deal, which was set to expire next summer, has now been extended by a further two years, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2024. It is also a new contract that reportedly includes a considerable pay increase.
The new deal is a great reward from Director of Football Jon Rudkin for Iheanacho’s fantastic recent form, an aspect that has seen him become a consistent name on the teamsheet and even scoop the Premier League Player of the Month award for March.
However, considering his career at the King Power Stadium so far, it might have been slightly too early to invest so much in the 24-year-old.
Since arriving at Leicester from Manchester City in 2017, Iheanacho has frustrated more than he has thrilled.
He has netted just 32 goals in 118 matches in all competitions and has not scored more than six Premier League goals in a single campaign as of yet.
Whilst rewarding him with a new contract also evades the threat of losing the striker on a free transfer, it might have been a better idea to have waited until the summer and seen if hot streak in which Iheanacho has scored nine goals in his last nine matches was closer to his true form or simply a purple patch.
After all, the Nigerian has also endured long spells without finding the net in the league at Leicester; runs of 14 and 24 matches amongst his lengthiest spells without a Premier League goal at the King Power Stadium.
Indeed it is clear though that Rudkin and Brendan Rodgers have seen enough in which to reward Iheanacho. After all, the Foxes’ boss has highlighted simply how “valuable” the former Manchester City starlet has been.
Should his form take a downturn though, it may indicate that the new deal was slightly too early for the £13.5m-rated striker.
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