Iheanacho’s Nigeria omission an indication of how far he’s fallen at Leicester

Kelechi Iheanacho hasn’t started a game of football since January. He also hasn’t found the net since September. To make matters worse, his last international goal was in 2017.

Therefore, is it any surprise that he’s been left out of the Super Eagles’ squad for the African Cup of Nations this summer? Definitely not.

To think he’d be expelled from their national team when he was among the goals on a regular basis for Manchester City is beyond belief.

Yet, after a £25m move to Leicester, his performances and form have fallen off a cliff.

In short, Iheanacho has been terrible. There are no two ways about it.

For a striker not to have found the net since September is abysmal, especially if you’ve been signed for a price as high as he has.

During the season Leicester won the league, the Nigerian scored eight times in just seven Premier League starts for City. The following term, he netted six in the same number of starts across the top flight and Champions League.

To think he’s found the net on just four occasions since moving to the King Power is alarming.

But for the 22-year-old, this is where the penny has to drop. He simply has to improve.

Earlier this month, Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr claimed that the forward had changed. For all the wrong reasons he is right.

When he first burst onto the scene he was one of the most clinical young strikers around. However, the polar opposite can now be said of Iheanacho’s talents.

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Now that the Nigeria international won’t be heading to a tournament this summer, it’ll represent one of the biggest pre-seasons of his short career so far.

Under Brendan Rodgers he has a real chance of discovering the form he showed in Manchester.

It feels a long way off, but there are few better managers to progress under than one who developed the careers of Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard at Celtic.

Some time away from the heat of the battle could do him some good, but only time will tell whether he actually has the quality to stage a turnaround.

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