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Iheanacho celebrates his goal against Crystal Palace

Pellegrini praises Kelechi Iheanacho

Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho was the man of the match last night against Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup and in his first start for the club.

He set up the second goal for Kevin De Bruyne with a run down the left and a low cross. De Bruyne returned the favour with a pass for Iheanacho to score the third goal with an assured curler with his left foot. His assist led to the last goal from Manu Garcia in the 5-1 demolition of Palace, who must be tired of seeing the Nigerian after he scored in added time in City’s 1-0 win away to Palace in September.

An interview Iheanacho gave in the match-day programme before last night’s game was titled: “Remember the name”. And the Nigerian is showing his name belongs among the stars at City.

Coach Manuel Pellegrini is a strong believer in the young man: “I had no doubts. He is not just a striker and not just a finisher. He always played with his head up so he made two important assists. I am very happy for him but he has a lot of things to improve and he must continue working on his game.

“I didn’t have any doubts (about playing him). I see how he works every day. His personality is also a one of the important things. He is very young but he can play a lot of games in the Premier League.”

If many people didn’t know the name when City signed him after he was the best player at the 2013 Under-17 World Cup, they do now.

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