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Leicester City Linked With This Clinical Manchester City Star: The Right Man For The Job?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Leicester City are contemplating a bid for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho. The Foxes are seemingly prepared to spend big as a bid of £25million is being readied for the youngster.

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has been looking for alternative targets to bolster his attacking ranks and has identified Iheanacho as a backup for Jamie Vardy. Pep Guardiola appears to be very keen to add another striker to the side after bringing Gabriel Jesus under his fold.

Sergio Aguero’s future for the upcoming season is on hold as of now as the Argentine striker is very keen to have a major role under the stewardship of Guardiola. Iheanacho is not in the gaffer’s plans and City are willing to let him move if a suitable offer comes.

Leicester have a very formidable forward line but except Vardy, none of them has been able to earn the trust of Shakespeare who is adamant for a new striker. Iheanacho has shown that ability and has even been likened with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford. But the 20-year-old has failed to build on the promises he once displayed due to very limited action.

He has an excellent goal per minute ratio and if given a proper stage he would be able to convert this into big performances. The lanky striker would be a proper fit into the Foxes’ system. He could be very dangerous on the counters as his clinical nature will help the side make use of the few opportunities they get on the break.

Shakespeare can also use him in a number of positions. He is usually comfortable as the front man but he is equally effective just behind the striker.

Before joining City, Iheanacho played a vital role for Nigeria in the U-17 World Cup and was even adjudged the player of the tournament in 2013. He went on to join the Sky Blues the following year but had to wait till 2015 after failing to secure a work permit.

He burst onto the scene after notching up the winner against Crystal Palace in the same year. Leicester would be sweating on the future of Ahmed Musa who has been linked with a number of clubs. Musa’s struggle at the King Power Stadium hasn’t gone unnoticed and now only after a single season, Leicester might lose the player.

Shakespeare doesn’t want any delay in setting up his team and would be looking to seal the deal as soon as possible.

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