Kelechi Iheanacho scores against Manchester City in Dean Smith era

Kelechi Iheanacho scores against Manchester City in Dean Smith era
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City celebrates after scoring the team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on April 15, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho bagged another goal against his former side Manchester City in Leicester City's loss to the Premier League defending champions on Saturday.

The Foxes were outclassed in every way possible when they made the trip to Etihad in order to save their Premier League season. By the 25th minute of the game, they were three goals down and Dean Smith was staring down the barrel of a first loss in his new role.

Leicester pulled one back, however, thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho, who has made a habit of scoring against his former side.

The goal turned out to be a consolation for the 2015/16 league winners, who are currently in danger of being relegated. Iheanacho, who came on at halftime for Jamie Vardy, almost had a second consolation goal late in the game but was denied by the woodwork after a fine effort.

It was his third goal in 13 games against the side who he scored 21 goals for in 64 games before his move to the King Power Stadium.

Iheanacho could see himself relegated from the English top flight in the coming weeks as Leicester continues to put in dour performances. It has been their poorest outing in the league since their return in the 2014/15 season.

The 26-year-old is one of the players who could leave the King Power next season if they end up returning to the EFL Championship.

He has scored 41 goals in 192 Premier League appearances, which have mainly been from the bench. 28 of those have been for the Foxes, who he has been with since 2017/18. His best season was in 2020/21, where he ended up as the club's top scorer in the COVID-19 pandemic season.

In 202 appearances for the Foxes, he has 54 goals and 32 assists, making him one of their most productive players in that time. However, Brendan Rodgers, who was let go from his role and replaced by former Aston Villa manager Dean Smith, did not trust him enough to start enough matches.

His contract at the King Power stadium runs out in 2024 and the Foxes' possible relegation could see them cashing in on their Nigerian star, who is reportedly valued at €17 million according to football data collection platform Transfermarkt.

He was targeted by Turkish club Fenerbahçe at the beginning of the season but nothing came out of those rumours. The arrival of Zambian striker Patson Daka also sent him down the pecking order, making it a necessity that he seals an exit away from the club. He was also urged to leave the club back in February and the club's current situation could see the former Manchester City man take that advice.

He has attracted interest from Napoli and Inter Milan in the past but his lack of play time will have greatly affected any move to those clubs in the upcoming summer transfer window.

The same goes for German Bundesliga clubs Hoffenheim and Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

It remains to be seen if Iheanacho would leave the King Power in the summer but there is no better time for the Nigeria international to make the move to salvage his club career.

This article was most recently revised and updated 10 months ago

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