Manchester City haven’t quite had things go the way they would have hoped under Pep Guardiola, with the Citizens sitting third in the Premier League and a fair way off current leaders Chelsea.
Whilst the Catalan boss has been praised for getting the best out of particular players at the Etihad Stadium, with Raheem Sterling amongst those to benefit from the guidance of the world-class coach, Michael Owen believes there has been negative impacts elsewhere.
Speaking on BT Sport, Owen argued that Kelechi Iheanacho has regressed since Guardiola came in and looks void of any confidence.
“Iheanacho isn’t the same player he was once. His confidence has taken a hit, I think he plays with lot of pressure as he is unsure what could happen next unlike when Pellegrini was in charge.”
“He is surrounded by players he knows have the trust of the manager unlike during Pellegrini’s reign where he has the trust of the manager and knows it. He has regressed under Guardiola. He is under pressure.”
Scoring four goals in 14 appearances this season, Iheanacho has completed ninety minutes in the Premier League just once this season and has had to accept being a bit-part of Guardiola’s plans.
The FA Cup this weekend could hand Iheanacho a rare start, and the opportunity for push for more regular first-team football, but the pressure upon the young Nigerian has definitely left it’s mark.