Manchester City Coach Manuel Pellegrini has hailed his Nigerian import, Kelechi Iheanacho for his splendid display in the 5-1 demolition of Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup tie on Wednesday night.
Interestingly, Iheanacho made his senior debut against The Eagles and he was handed his first senior start against same team and he did not disappoint with a man-of-the-match performance.
A goal and two assists were enough to take the Man of the Match honours in City’s 5-1 win over Crystal Palace, and to win his manager’s approval.
Manuel Pellegrini revealed that he was delighted for the young Nigerian and warned that he will get even better in the coming years.
“It was very important for Kelechi to demonstrate once again that he’s a very good player,” the manager said.
“He’s not just a striker – he provided two assists – I’m very happy for him. He has things to improve but he’s working in the correct way.
“I had no doubt in him – I see how he works every day and his personality is important and it’s important for him to play with important players.
“Kelechi is not a box striker, he’s not just a finisher – he must improve his control as he needs to do it better but he always plays with his head up as he showed creating the goal for Kevin.
“After that, with more space for Manu Garcia. He’s a player who can play behind the striker or as a striker and he can arrive into the box to score the goals as he did tonight.”
Many expect more playing time for the 2013 FIFA U17 MVP in the days ahead especially as he has not disappoint in the games he has featured