Kelechi Iheanacho is a man reborn at Leicester City, enjoying a resurgence at the Premier League club and is determined to make the most of any opportunities that come his way in the Leicester City starting 11.
It has been a tough grind for the 23-year-old who scored a paltry two goals in 35 appearances last season and fell out of favour after Claude Puel was axed for Brendan Rodgers towards the end of that campaign.
With his career in the doldrums, there were genuine fears about his future with the 2015 Premier League champions after Rodgers signed Ayoze Perez from Newcastle United in the summer seemingly pushing the Nigerian further down the pecking order.
But Iheanacho has responded brilliantly this season, scoring 8 goals in 18 appearances and weighing in with a further 4 assists in all competitions to appear more like the player signed with much fanfare for £25million from Manchester City in 2017.
That return has already equalled his best goals return for Leicester which he managed in his debut season and the player has credited his everyone at the club with helping him find his form again.
“The previous season, I was working hard, but this season has been good, with the help of everyone, my team-mates, the staff. Everyone has really helped me this season,” Iheanacho told the club’s website.
“We are happy. I am really working hard and hopefully I can get more goals.”
Even with his resurgence, Iheanacho who scored 21 goals in 64 appearances for Manchester City has had to play second fiddle, to Jamie Vardy, who like Iheanacho has rediscovered his best form under Brendan Rodgers.
Vardy has 19 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions this season and leads the Premier League scoring charts.
But Iheanacho isn’t bothered about his status behind the Englishman and is just focused on working as hard as he can and grabbing his opportunity when it comes.
“It’s been a good season, to be fair,” Iheanacho said. “Pre-season and getting the work done in pre-season (and) getting into the season, it’s not been easy, but I need to keep working hard and I’ll get my chance.
“It’s been a good season. It’s a good group of boys, they’re like family, with everyone together and the staff as well. Everyone is happy doing well. (When) the chance comes, you have to take it.”
The 23-year-old will be hoping to maintain his upward trajectory for Leicester when the season resumes next month following the coronavirus-induced break.