Iheanacho happy to bide his time


Kelechi Iheanacho insists he is happy at Leicester City despite his lack of playing time this season.

The Nigerian has barely been involved for Brendan Rodgers’ team this season, owing to the superb form of Jamie Vardy who is currently the top goalscorer in the Premier League with 13 goals.

Before Sunday’s 2-1 win against Everton, the former Manchester City prodigy had only made two appearances for the Foxes this season – both of them in their EFL Cup wins against Luton and Burton in the earlier stages of the competition.

He was thrust into action by Rodgers with his side 1-0 down and he changed the complexion of the game.

Firstly, he crossed the ball for Vardy to finish midway through the second half to net the equaliser.

Then, in added time, the 23-year-old showed brilliant composure to wrong-foot his defender and coolly slot the ball home inside the box.

VAR made him nervously wait to see if the goal would stand after the flag went up, but replays showed he was onside and King Power Stadium was sent into bedlam.

It was a rare contribution from a player who has not enjoyed any real success since making the £25million move form Manchester City in 2017.

In two-and-a-half years, he has only started 16 games, scoring just five Premier League goals in his spell with the East Midlands club.

He has struggled to make the bench on occasions for Leicester and has been linked with a move away from the club but has now brought himself back into contention.

And, the striker says he is happy to play second fiddle to Vardy and believes his chance will come soon.

“I am happy here, everyone is happy. The manager is a top manager who is friendly to everyone,” Iheanacho said

“I don’t see the reason why anyone could want to leave. I think he gives everyone chances, there are a lot of games coming up.”

Iheanacho will hope to make more of an impression when the Foxes take on managerless Watford at the King Power on Wednesday evening.