Kelechi Iheanacho‘s talent has never been up for debate. Still only 24-years-old, the Nigerian striker made his debut in the Premier League in 2015, playing for Manchester City. It’s in 2021, however, that he’s truly shown the scope of his skill. Here is what that means in terms of stats and how Iheanacho can help your fantasy football draft.
One of Premier League’s most promising players
Iheanacho has had to live with the weight of expectation since arriving in England. A Nigerian native, the future footballer was born in Owerri, the striker’s performance for the Nigerian youth team in the 2013 U-17 World Cup sent scouts into a frenzy.
Manchester City, already one of the world’s biggest and richest sides, won his signature. Although opportunities to play were many in his two seasons in Manchester, Iheanacho managed only 12 goals in the EPL.
In 2017, Leicester City acquired his signature for a £25 million fee. Many pundits were quick to point out City’s error. However, in the next three seasons, the striker scored only 8 goals in the EPL. What’s different about this campaign?
Iheanacho’s 2020/21 season
One of the things that have counted most towards Kelechi Iheanacho’s career-best campaign is the involvement of Brendan Rodgers. Known both as a good tactician and someone that possesses great man-management skills, Rodgers has transformed Leicester into a veritable force in England.
Kelechi Iheanacho has improved in the areas in which he had shown the most amount of promise. His movement off the ball has gotten better. He manages to take more shots on goal, 2.2 per game. His passing is more efficient with an 81% accuracy rate. And, he makes his dribbles count, taking on opponents in the final third. In many ways, Iheanacho has taken advantage of working as something of an understudy to the experienced Jamie Vardy.
Goals and points in fantasy football for Kelechi Iheanacho
Kelechi Iheanacho has already recorded his best seasons in terms of goal scored. The campaign is not yet over. For the moment, he has scored nine goals in the Premier League. He has scored 16 goals across all competitions. Most of the goals were scored in the latter part of the season.
During the month of March, Kelechi Iheanacho had an incredible three-game run in which he scored seven goals and provided one assist. The run was broken only by a meeting against his former club, Manchester City. He has scored in the three matches since then as well.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s best performance, the one against Sheffield United, earned him 59.60 points in FoootballCoin. He is, at the moment, one of the best performers, of the second half of the season in fantasy football.
Iheanacho is finally making good on his promises. At 24 years of age, there’s a sense that we’ve yet to see the very best from the talented Nigerian. Leicester’s investment has paid off in spades as they stand to use the player’s services for many years to come.
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