Kelechi Iheanacho’s display against Stoke City suggests he could be given more playing time under Pep Guardiola as the season progresses.
After missing Tuesday’s Champions League game against Steaua Bucuresti following his second half appearance for the Citizens against Sunderland in the English Premier League opener, many had thought the Nigerian could be a fringe player under Guardiola.
But a return to form by providing his first assist of 2016-17 season as City silenced Stoke City 4-1 is a pointer that he could compete for a starters’ shirt in the attacking setup that parades the likes of Sergio Aguero, Wilfried Bony, Leroy Sane and Nolito.
With Iheanacho handed a new deal which puts him at the Etihad Stadium until 2021, it would be an opportunity for him to flourish and sharpen his skills under the Spaniard who believes in his potentials.
“Kelechi is a natural goalscorer,” Guardiola said. “I knew about him before, but I’ve been really impressed with him since I arrived.
“I like his personality, his attitude, his ability – we hope to help him reach the highest level and to realise his full potential.”
The Nigerian would hope to feature for the Citizens when they welcome Steaua Bucuresti in the Champions League play-off on Wednesday as he hopes to improve on his 14 goal tally last season.
Culled from http://sports.yahoo.com/news/iheanacho-gets-assist-manchester-city-155149750.html