Newcastle United are reportedly eyeing a move to sign Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho as the Toon look to bring in a new striker this summer – and Michael Owen’s recent comments will be encouraging for supporters.
All Nigeria Soccer have claimed that Newcastle are eyeing a move to lure the 23-year-old striker to Tyneside, and will consider the 23-time Nigeria international whether a takeover goes through or not.
It is believed The Toon have made an initial approach over a move to sign Iheanacho – who has been in excellent form this season, scoring 10 goals in 24 games. He is finally beginning to prove his £25million (BBC) price tag.
Just this season, former Newcastle striker Owen heaped praise on Iheanacho for his goal in a 4-1 win over Aston Villa. He described Iheanacho as a “real thorn”, and applauded the African star’s work ethic and movement.
”He was a real thorn, just look at his movement,” Owen told Premier League productions, as per All Nigeria Soccer. “‘He sets off early, he gets that half a yard early.
“Normally, strikers will wait, wait and wait until the trigger is about to be pulled and then they will just make a last-minute dash across. He deserved his goal because he worked really hard as well off the ball”.
TBR’s view – Owen comments proof Iheanacho would be a coup
Iheanacho has always been capable of scoring goals no matter the opposition. The issue for Iheanacho in his somewhat short career so far, is starting matches and being first choice.
At Manchester City and Leicester City, he has been used as cover for Sergio Aguero and Jamie Vardy. He needs a club where he can score regularly. To have netted 10 in 24 in the shadow of Vardy is very impressive.
Of his 87 Leicester appearances, he has started just 41. If he is given the gauntlet to spearhead Newcastle’s attack, he could really up his goal rate – and Owen’s comments are proof that he knows where the goal is.