KELECHI IHEANACHO

Club: Le­ices­ter Fee: £25 mil­lion Po­si­tion: Striker

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Around a year ago, the Nige­rian striker ap­peared the most likely of Man City’s highly-re­garded crop of star­lets to se­cure a start­ing spot at the Eti­had Sta­dium, yet the ar­rival of Gabriel Je­sus in Jan­uary all but ended his hopes. Hav­ing made nine starts and scored six goals in the first half of 2016-17, he did not start any games af­ter Jan­uary 2 and net­ted only one more goal – a last-minute strike in a 5-1 FA Cup win over sec­ond-tier Hud­der­s­field Town. His man­ager could clearly see the young goal-get­ter’s grow­ing frus­tra­tion. “It is an hon­our to work with him as a man­ager,” Pep Guardi­ola said over the sum­mer. “It was not easy for him, I didn’t give a lot of chances. We be­lieve he de­serves to play at that age. That is why we de­cided [to do] what’s best for him.” What the 20-year-old striker ev­i­dently deemed best was mov­ing to Le­ices­ter City in early Au­gust. “He’s young and a good scorer – you see that he can link up play,” said new man­ager Craig Shake­speare af­ter Iheanacho’s ar­rival at the King Power. “He is only going to get bet­ter.” He will cer­tainly feel like he’s got a point to prove.

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