Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has tipped Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho for a great future for the Citizens.
The 19-year-old was in spectacular form yesterday for the Manuel Pellegrini led side as he excelled in attack playing alongside Sergio Aguero. He scored a brace and forced a penalty as City hammered Stoke City 4-0 at the Etihad to move into third on the premier league log.
Pellegrini, who will be leaving the Manchester City for Pep Guardiola at the end of the season said after the game: “A big team must always be focused on both competitions. Premier League and Champions League. Every big team must do it every year.
“Stoke is fighting for nothing but nobody wants to lose games. It was important to score the first goal.
“Kelechi Iheanacho is an important young player with a lot of future. He scores lots of goals but he is not just a penalty box player. I am sure that his role in this team will be very important.”
Also, Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart praised the ‘brilliant’ youngster for his performances in his breakthrough season with the club.
“We’ve got our job done and we look forward to Tuesday now,” Hart said.
“Kelechi’s been brilliant, he turned up last pre-season somewhat unknown it’s fair to say and he has really worked hard and got stuck in. The manager has had a lot of faith in him. He shows what a good squad we have got now.
“Since the international break we have done well. We just need to keep that going until the end of the season.”
An absolutely delighted Kelechi Iheanacho thanked the fans for their support and pledged to continue to improve.
“I am very pleased and happy to score goals today. I thank my team-mates, the manager and the fans. I am improving a lot but I need to work even harder to show my qualities.”
Iheanacho’s brace against Stoke City took his goals tally to 11 in his debut season in the premier league with Manchester City.