A stunning super-sub performance, assist and goal by Leicester City of England midfielder, Kelechi Iheanacho has sensationally found instant gain coming his way, as the out-of-favour lad has caught transfer attention from English Premier League newcomers, Aston Villa.
Just two days after Iheanacho got off The Foxes’ bench to make history with his first EPL goal in 13 months the lad who has been left out of recent invitations to the Super Eagles’ camp is now said to be on the cards of a possible loan move to Villa in the January transfer window.
The Villans had a successful time with Nigerian-born striker, Tammy Abraham on their cards last season, with the lanky lad emerging top scorer in the English Championship, with a massive haul that helped Villa Park regain EPL spot this term, and the Birmingham-based side now appear set to add Iheanacho to their list of players from the West African country, first being John Fashanu.
While Villa’s current coach, Dean Smith is unlikely to spend heavily in January, after forking out a lot in the summer, he is looking to add quality and depth to his squad, especially upfront, for the second half of the season, and Iheanacho has apparently caught his fancy.
The West Midlands club currently only have Jonathan Kodjia and Keinan Davis as backup options to their main striker, Wesley, with the former consistently linked with a move abroad and the latter injured, thereby creating room for a likely signing of 23-year-old Iheanacho.
The UAE 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup gold medalist and most valuable player has scored 13 goals in 66 games for The Foxes since joining them in 2017, although most of his minutes have come from the bench and his bigger impact felt largely in Cup competitions, not the EPL.
However, The Birmingham Mail reports that Villa are eyeing up Iheanacho, who registered an assist and scored a late winner for Brendan Rodgers’ side against Everton on Sunday, helping his side to a dramatic 2-1 win in his first English Premier League appearance of the season.
It is now been speculated that ‘Kelele’ may get a couple of suitors for a loan deal in the January transfer window, but another school of thought hinted that his performance may also secure him more playing times for second-placed Leicester, who are gunning for a second EPL title.
In the wake of the report, though, Iheanacho poured cold water on speculation that he could be out of the club on loan in the January window, as he insists he is still happy at King Power Stadium and ready to keep doing whatever the coach wants from him.
In the wake of reports that he has an offer to join Aston Villa on loan next month, and thereby put an end to his lack of playing time and bench-warming nightmare with The Foxes, Iheanacho stressed that he is still enjoying his time with his club.
Rather than jump at the opportunity of shipping out and get a situation of relevance at Villa Park, Iheanacho said that he is happy at King Power Stadium, even if means he will have to continue playing as a back-up to Jamie Vardy.
Iheanacho, who joined Leicester from Manchester City for £25m in 2017, has only managed five goals from 16 starts in the English Premier League, but he was the team’s hero of the evening on Sunday, as he struck a 94th minute with his first EPL bull’s eye of the year.
His goal helped keep Leicester just eight points behind league leaders, Liverpool, and Iheanacho has now stated in the wake of Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Alex Iwobi’s Everton that he is not in a hurry to leave Leicester, as he still enjoys the atmosphere of the club, despite his lack of regular playing time under Brendan Rodgers.
Iheanacho submitted: “Being, maybe you can call it, a back-up striker or support striker to them is something I am happy to be. I am happy here, everyone is happy.”