Thursday, 22 June 2017

Iheanacho Should Consider Leaving Man City –Super Eagles Coach

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has advised Kelechi Iheanacho to leave Manchester City this summer in order to be assured of regular playing time. Iheanacho was a shadow of himself in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa on June 10 in Uyo.

His lack of impact was apparently an outcome of his lack of regular playing time at City in the English Premier League. The 20- year-old forward strolled the pack against the Bafana Bafana and he let out frustration at the Eagles bench when he was substituted late into the match which Nigeria lost 2-0.

Iheanacho made the headlines in his first season at Man City under coach Manuel Pellegrino as a goal scoring super sub and a teen sensation but strangely, he spent more time on the bench last year after the Chilean departed and Pep Guardiola became the manager at Etihad Stadium.

The Spaniard rated Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero ahead of Iheanacho in the first team. Though there have been reports linking Iheanacho with possible transfer to West Ham, Leicester, Crystal Palace and Newcastle, the former U-17 star has insisted on fighting for his position at Man City next season.

Rohr has cautioned that he has become redundant at Man City and should consider the option of a transfer or a season long loan to knock him back into shape. The coach voiced concern that Iheanacho’s lack of match fitness was not in the national team interest ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying matches against Cameroon in August and September.

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