Iheanacho was a practical nobody, he was forgotten, nobody knew his name, it was as if it was over for him until God Remembered him and things turned around for him. Before the New Year, Iheanacho started just two Premier League matches without finding the back of the net. Total Football Magazine celebrates this enigmatic footballer who rose from the ashes of rejection to re-announce himself to the world.
Kelechi Iheanacho won the Leicester City Goal of the Season award for his wonder strike against Crystal Palace in April. The strike was adjudged as the best from any Leicester player in the 2020-21 campaign and he has been rewarded for his effort.
The attacker was also named the Premier League Player of the Month for March for the first time in his career after bagging five goals in only three games. His form and contribution also played a key role as the Foxes won the 2021 FA Cup title, scoring four goals in the competition.
He has gone through some really bad times and I know what a lot of people have said about him when he was in those low periodsKanu Nwankwo
Former Leicester City forward Emile Heskey never gave Kelechi Iheanacho a chance. “He is not the right man to replace Jamie Vardy as the club’s first-choice attacker” Heskey enthused. But former Manchester United star Owen Hargreaves has praised Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho for his ‘brilliant’ strike against Fulham. “To be fair, Iheanacho adjusts absolutely brilliantly.
This goal is a dream, Iheanacho with a lovely turn and then the rest of it is a dream.” Iheanacho signed a new improved three-year contract with Leicester in April to ward off other European clubs ahead of the summer transfer window.
Praise For Kelechi Iheanacho
“But we know it is football. When you are not doing well, people talk anyhow and say what they want but when you start doing well, the same people come back. “For me, I always know he is a good footballer. I always talk with him, encourage him, send him messages when he is doing well and when he is not doing well and telling him to keep his head up.
“The only thing was for him to work hard, Talent with hard work works. If you believe only in the talent, it will disappoint you so you have to marry the two together. “It is something great that he is back now. Not only for himself but for the country. We need all our players to be in top form. Right now he is.
If you mention the top strikers in the world now, Kelechi’s name will be there because he is scoring and that is what you need from strikers.Kanu Nwankwo
If you mention the top strikers in the world now, Kelechi’s name will be there because he is scoring and that is what you need from strikers. “What happened to him is a very big lesson, and the way he responded is what makes a great player. He didn’t talk too much, he just worked hard and see where he is now.”
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