Leicester City remain close to sealing a deal which could rise to £25 million in value for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, according to Sky Sports. Despite the delay in the transfer being confirmed, manager Craig Shakespeare has hinted that the move could be completed sooner rather than later as he told the TV station:
“I’m hoping so, but I am like every other manager at the moment. I think we all find it frustrating but it is the current market… At the moment, of course, we are interested in players as most of the Premier League is, but you can see that clubs won’t really talk about it until they are over the line.”
The 20-year-old, who has scored 21 goals in 64 games for Manchester City, looks an ideal choice for the Foxes. After developing a huge reliance on Jamie Vardy in the past two seasons, the arrival of the Nigerian could ease the pressure on the England man and help to share the workload.
The duo also share many traits, and it is easy to suggest that Iheanacho may be a natural successor. Both have built their game around their pace and movement, looking to find and exploit space with their runs in between defenders.
Both also boast a goal scorers’ instinct. Clinical finishers who are ready to snatch on any chance presented to them, they have a nose for goal and are not the kinds of player to make long, marauding runs on the ball, instead relying on tap ins.
However, if there is a difference, it may be that the new arrival is more of a poacher. Whereas Vardy is prepared to drift wide or deep if he is lacking service, Iheanacho will remain on the last shoulder looking to make a darting run or capitalise on a defensive mistake, rather than going hunting for the ball.
Whether Iheanacho’s arrival is announced sooner or later, he will be a good addition for Shakespeare and co. In bringing him in, the club will add strength in depth of the variety that they tried, and failed, to do last summer.