October 2, 2023

Kelechi Iheanacho scored a goal and set up two others to help Leicester beat Aston Villa 4-2 on Saturday in the English Premier League.

The Super Eagles forward first-half performance allowed Leicester to snap a five-game winless run in league play. It was Villa’s first loss in its past five league matches.

Iheanacho stole the ball from defender Boubacar Kamara and passed to James Maddison, who slotted home to equalize shortly after Ollie Watkins’ ninth-minute goal at Villa Park.

Villa went ahead on Harry Souttar’s own goal in the 32nd then Iheanacho made it 2-2 by heading in a cross from Harvey Barnes in the 41st.

Iheanacho fed new arrival Tete, who rounded goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and put Leicester ahead in first-half stoppage time.

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Dennis Praet made it 4-2 in the 79th for Brendan Rodgers’ team, which hosts Tottenham next Saturday.

Villa plays at Manchester City next Sunday.

Following his impressive performances, Iheanacho received praise from fans, with some hitting out at coach Brendan Rodgers for not playing him often.

Here are some reactions

@PremLeaguePanel Kelechi Iheanacho, one of the most underrated players in world football simply because of his lack of minutes in the last few seasons. Let’s hope this performance now makes Brendan Rodgers realise his quality & that he becomes a regular starter.

@_JustKelvin Rodgers only calls on Iheanacho when the team is going through a bad phase. When they’re back to the good times, he leaves the guy on the bench. Terrible man management

@OrjiUka Whatever goes wrong with Leicester City at the end of the season must lie squarely at the feet of Brendan Roger’s. His treatment of Kelechi Iheanacho has left everyone befuddled, and that’s putting it mildly.

@AliquamScripto Iheanacho will save Rodgers time and time again yet that b*st*rd will drop him when the time gets good again

@Buchi_Laba Iheanacho man of the match so far. 1goal and 2 assist and Rodgers took him off after 67minutes!!! I’m angry! Iheanacho should leave that club cos the coach obviously does not like him.

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@Godbinna Iheanacho is Leicester’s best player. Have to run the offense through him

@NwekeSamuelIfe Just like Lookman, Iheanacho should leave to a club where he will get enough playtime. Leicester is hiding his abilities, Lookman left and right now he is at his peak in Serie A.

@CHINOMSOCOLLINS Iheanachọ is not really getting the credit he truly deserves. Honestly, I don’t know why Rogers keep benching this guy. His first start in a while, he has 2 assists and one goal…

@MayJaYBay The reason why Leicester have been failing is cause they’ve not been using Iheanacho, a proper baller. Someone that scored a lot for them 2 seasons ago. But they benched him the next season for reason I don’t know. They need him in the squad, he should be starting. Senior man

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