Kelechi Iheanacho

Manchester City’s 19-year-old
Nigerian forward, Kelechi
Iheanacho looks set for a
successful career, with Coach
Manuel Pellegrini needs to offer
him more chances to show what
he can do. City can look forward
to a League Cup semi-final with
Everton in the new year after
their comprehensive win over
Hull City. Perhaps the only
negative was the omission from
the starting line-up of Iheanacho,
City’s most promising
young player and the star of their
win over Crystal Palace in the
previous round.

He came off the bench with 20
minutes remaining against Steve
Bruce’s side and scored his third
goal of the season, but given the
quality of his fleeting
performances throughout the
season most people felt sure he
would play the full 90 minutes. It
begs the question: where are
Iheanacho’s chances coming
from if he can’t get a start in the
League Cup?

It’s very difficult with young
players. It’s very important not to
think because you arrive with the
first team you are ready as a
professional player. He
[Iheanacho] is a player that must
work a lot but I think he’s a
player that has important options
in the future.
Where he arrives will depend on
how he takes his chances.

Caution with young players is
perfectly understandable,
particularly at City where the level
required to make the transition
from academy to first team is so
high. However, Pellegrini is in
danger of holding a player back
who appears nailed on to
become a first-team regular.

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