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Has Kelechi Iheanacho Flopped at Leicester City?

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When the Nigerian striker, Kelechi Iheanacho put pen to paper for Leicester City in the summer, the last thing he expected was to be struggling for goals and game-time six months down the road.

Rated as the most lethal striker at the time with his goal-to-ratio topping the charts while at Manchester City, the 21-year-old has struggled for goals in the last five months at Leicester City. He has managed only one goal which was against Leeds United in the EFL Cup in October.

The lack of game time could be given as an excuse as he has had only two starts out of the nine appearances in the Premier League, however, his efficiency off the bench while at Manchester City is what made him a lethal striker. His first goal won the game for Manchester City against Crystal Palace and he went on to score 12 goals in 46 appearances, not forgetting 34 of the appearances were as a substitute.

The other reason could be Puel’s switch from 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1 which enables Riyad Mahrez to play in the same attack as Demarai Gray and Marc Albrighton. Less explanation, however, can be given for his failure to start against Fleetwood Town in the FA CUP on Saturday. The Nigeria came on in the 80th minute in their 0-0 draw.

With Turkish giants Besiktas rumored to have noted down Kelechi Iheanacho as a replacement for Cenk Tosun who is reportedly on his way to Everton, the young Nigerian could get a chance at regular football and resurrect his goal-scoring form.

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