Nigerian international striker Kelechi Iheanacho came on after 60 minutes to make a huge difference for Leicester City as they overcame relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion 4-1 away at the Hawthorns yesterday.
It was Iheanacho’s first goal in the Premier League for the Foxes after joining the Midlands club from Manchester City in the summer for a reported £25m fee. He has scored six times previously in the FA and League Cups, with injury and form restricting his Premier League appearances.
Yesterday, with Leicester going down to a Salomon Rondon goal after just eight minutes, a wonder volley from their talisman Jamie Vardy levelled it for the Foxes.
Iheanacho was then instrumental in turning things around for Leicester with his introduction after the break. His lobbed assist for Riyad Mahrez put them 2-1 up. 14 minutes later Iheanacho got his goal with a header. Midfielder Vicente Iborra put West Brom to the sword with a fourth goal in injury time.
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Iheanacho told the club’s in-house channel, LCFC TV, after the match: “I’ve been waiting so long for the goal and it came today, so I’m happy and I’m looking forward to more goals to come. It was a good performance from the whole team.”
Next on the radar for Iheanacho and Leicester, who also have the steadying influence of Nigerian Wilfred Ndidi at the base of their midfield, is the FA Cup tie against Chelsea over the weekend. The two Nigerians would surely relish the clash against their international team-mate Victor Moses.
Iheanacho added: “We’re looking forward to Chelsea. They’re a good side, a strong side. We’ll just keep working hard in training and we’ll be ready for them.”
Nigerian fans would also be hoping that hits a rich vein of goal-scoring form as the World Cup in Russia approaches.