Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been praised by Micah Richards, who says he knew the Foxes ace was “something special” the first time he saw him.
The 24-year-old scored his fourth goal in all competitions this season, as well as opening his account for the Premier League campaign, in Wednesday night’s 2-0 win at Fulham.
Iheanacho put the Foxes in front on 17 minutes with a fine header after a timely cross from James Maddison, ending his 15-game drought in the top flight.
James Justin then sealed the victory as Brendan Rodgers’ charges secured all three points and returned to winning ways after losing against Leeds United last time out.
Iheanacho has been back-up to Jamie Vardy for much of his his Foxes career but Richards believes his former Manchester City teammate has plenty to offer if given a regular run of games.
“Yeah, he came as a young kid [at Man City] and the first thing I realised about him was how good his touch was,” Richards is quoted by the Leicester Mercury as saying.
“You could fire the ball in and he has great close control and he was left footed.
“He’s a better finisher than his record at Leicester suggests. I knew he was something special, and I want to see him kick onto the next level now.
“He’s got the chance with Vardy out, but to replace Vardy is always going to be difficult.”
Leicester have been in great form this season, their current standing of third place in the table testament to a great team full of top players.
Iheanacho has made 20 appearances for the Foxes this season, but most of them have been off the bench, with just over 800 minutes of football played.
Vardy, who has been recovering from a hernia operation, could potentially be back for Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Wolves.
Hopefully Rodgers will keep him on the bench for the time being – it can’t do any harm as it would give him a little more time to recuperate – and give Iheanacho another chance to impress.