In alternative news from Neymar’s world-record transfer, Leicester City have confirmed the acquisition of striker Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City, as per their official website.
Having signed a five-year-deal, the Nigerian expressed his delight in joining the Foxes. He said: “It feels good and I’m happy to be a part of this team”.
Iheanacho joins a Leicester side full of talent, especially in attack, and he will be hoping to hit the ground running with his new club.
The Nigerian will want to prove his worth to Craig Shakespeare, while also making Pep Guardiola rue his decision to let him go.
With the Premier League just ten days away, Craig Shakespeare has some tough decisions to make when lining up his team, so where will Kelechi Iheanacho fit into his plans and how will Leicester’s attack lineup?
Sticking with their favoured 4-4-2
Iheanacho could very well be a partner England’s Jamie Vardy up front next season. Pace is a problem for any side when defending, and an attack with these two rapid strikers could run riot against Premier League defences.
The Englishman had a solid return last year, scoring thirteen in the league, whilst Iheanacho, despite just starting eleven games, managed an impressive fourteen goals in all competitions.
Variating the 4-4-2 with strength and speed
The classic combination of pace and power is something that has been utilised by Premier League teams for a long time, and Leicester City could be the next side to do so.
Islam Slimani could potentially be an ideal partner to the Nigerian, able to hold up the ball or flick it on in order for the Nigerian to latch onto and finish.
On the wings, Demarai Gray and Riyad Mahrez could certainly provide the necessary service. Nonetheless, with two poachers up top in Iheanacho and Slimani, goals are guaranteed for the Foxes next season.
Leading the line as a lone striker
In his appearances for Manchester City, more often than not from the bench, the youngster would fill the lone-striking role usually occupied by Sergio Aguero.
Leading the line alone is a difficult task to complete, not least in the shadow of one of the world’s best strikers, but Iheanacho proved up to the task.
Hard-working and with a knack for being in the right place at the right time, the striker was not only effective at building attacks, but also in finishing them, something of which he’s sure to bring to his new side.