Iheanacho is ‘Special’ – Richards, Murphy
Super Eagles and Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, has been described as a ‘special’ player by no less football personalities as English Premier League pundits, Micah Richards and Danny Murphy.
The duo were not mincing words in heaping praises on the FIFA U17 World Cup winner in 2013 in Dubai, UAE, following his goal of extraordinary quality in Leicester City’s 2-0 triumph over Fulham on Wednesday night.
It was Iheanacho’s first of the season and it came from James Madison’s assist.
Jamie Vardy was not on duty for Brendan Rodgers men and this provided the opportunity for the Nigerian international to haul all the positive headlines.
” Yeah, he came as a young kid (at Manchester City) and the first thing I realised about him was how good his touch was”, Richards said of Iheanacho’s qualities.
“You could fire the ball in and he has great close control and he was left focused.
” He’s a better finisher than his record at Leicester suggests.
“I knew he was something ‘special’ and I want to see him kick onto the next level now.
” He’s got the chance with Vardy out but to replace Vardy is always going to be difficult”.
Murphy added that he was surprised Iheanacho has not figured more amidst Vardy’s injury induced absence.
“I’ve been surprised he hasn’t started more while Vardy has been out.
” I’ve always liked him, he’s more of a goal scorer in the number nine role than Perez, for me.
“I know he missed the penalty at Palace but even more reason to leave him in there and give him more to get over that.
” When he’s at it, he’s a handful, he’s got good game intelligence, he knows when to go in behind and drive on goal.
“With Madison playing as a 10, they link really nicely”.