Kelechi Iheanacho aiming for strong season with Leicester City

Nigeria international Kelechi Iheanacho has said that he is looking forward to a strong season with Leicester City. The 21-year-old joined the Foxes from Manchester City in a deal worth £25m last summer but he failed to live up to his expectations with just three goals scored across all competitions.

As a result, the striker is keen to make amends during the 2018/19 campaign whilst avoiding any injuries during the process, he said: “I would like to be part of it and am looking forward to it. I think it is going to be a big season for the whole team and we are in good shape now. Last season it was difficult coming back from injury and trying to get the same fitness level. Sometimes things don’t go the way you want, but it is looking good this season. I am injury-free and will keep working hard and am looking forward to the games.”

Iheanacho started the Premier League opener against Manchester United on Friday night, along side Thomas Vermaelen, but he could not make much of an impact as the Foxes succumbed to a 2-1 defeat. Nevertheless, he can expect more gametime as the season goes on, considering the Foxes have parted ways with both Islam Slimani and Leonardo Ulloa this month.

As things stand, Iheanacho is supposedly the Foxes’ second-choice striker behind Jamie Vardy but during the backend of the United game, Puelhappened to pair them alongside each other. Aside from Vardy, the Nigerian faces additional competition from Japanese ace Shinji Okazaki, who has remained a quality marksman in the ranks despite in and out of the starting lineup.

Leicester witnessed plenty of positives during the United game where they had the bulk of the possession and attempts on goal. Their next Premier League fixture comes against newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers at home where they should fancy opening their points tally.