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Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho being stifled

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This might just be a case of being caught in the moment.

However. one of the goal scorers from Leicester’s victory over Burton Albion in the league cup made everyone realise that he was still actually there, previously slipping under the radar somewhat in recent months.

It was a situation that was enough to provoke the question: just what has happened to Kelechi Iheanacho and does he have a future at Leicester?

If you take a look at his goal record at senior level whenever he has been able to get onto the pitch, he has a return of 33 strikes in 129 appearances (via Transfermarkt), which works out at just under a goal every four games.

If you extrapolate that over the course of a 38 game Premier League season, that gives you just under ten goals a campaign.

But that is when he is a substitute. If he was given the opportunity to play not only more regularly, but also with an extended time on the pitch, there’s no reason why that number can’t increase to anywhere between 15-20 goals across a league season.

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He was only able to manage 24 starts at Manchester City and although things have got slightly better with 26 at Leicester, is that really enough for someone of his age and capabilities?

The £10.8m-rated striker’s preferred and natural position is that of a centre-forward, the spot currently occupied by Jamie Vardy in Leicester’s 4-3-3/4-1-4-1 system, who although aged 32, doesn’t show any signs of slowing down with nine goals in ten league games so far.

There’s no chance he’s going to dislodge someone like Ayoze Perez or Harvey Barnes either, who have both become regulars out wide at the King Power. That’s unless they see a drop in form or get seriously injured.

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Iheanacho is now aged 23, so if he isn’t going to get first-team football now, you have to start asking the question is it time that he possibly looked at moving away from the King Power?

It’s clear to see that he can offer a lot to a team in this division, but he needs to be given the chance to show it off, and at the moment he’s being stifled by Brendan Rodgers.

It almost feels pointless having him linger around.

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