Changed Decision: Leicester Make ‘U-Turn’ To Offload Iheanacho In January
Leicester City are considering keeping Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho in the January transfer window, despite the earlier report in the week claiming to offload the £25 million striker.
Iheanacho has struggled to make an impact since his big-money move from Manchester City in the summer and had been tipped to leave in the transfer window.
Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr revealed he expects the striker to leave while reports in the national media have said Leicester are looking to cut their losses on the 21-year-old.
The Nigeria international has made just two Premier League starts this season and was afforded just a 10-minute cameo in the FA Cup draw at Fleetwood, with City boss Claude Puel insisting Iheanacho still had to “improve in all areas”. Puel has admitted he has too many strikers at the club and is likely to offload at least one before the end of January.”
Rohr said he expected both Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa, who is also struggling to get into the Leicester team, to leave the King Power Stadium. However, Puel dismissed those suggestions, saying: “We don’t know about what the national trainer said. We will see. We have discussions with different players. For example, Iheanacho is a young player, arrived this season, and he will stay with us.
“Iheanacho is a young player, he signed this season with us and we have to develop him. I hope he can have more game time in the second half of the season. Yes, for Iheanacho there has been a lot of speculation. He is a young player who arrives in a good team where there is competition and he needs to keep working and improve.”
However, the Mercury report that Citizens are not looking to sell Iheanacho, the former Manchester City forward has plenty of potential despite his uninspiring start and is part of the club’s long-term plans. This means that it is more likely that either Islam Slimani or Leonardo Ulloa could be the one to leave this month.