Thursday 29 September 2016

Kelechi Iheanacho in focus

Published 08/05/2016 | 18:56

Kelechi Iheanacho had a mixed afternoon at the Etihad
Kelechi Iheanacho had a mixed afternoon at the Etihad

Forward Kelechi Iheanacho returned to the Manchester City first XI for Sunday's home clash with Arsenal having scored a brace in each of his previous two Barclays Premier League appearances.

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Here, Press Association Sport assesses how the 19-year-old Nigerian performed as City were held to a 2-2 draw by the Gunners.

LINK-UP PLAY

In the first half Iheanacho was constantly buzzing around as City put together attack after attack, trying to get involved whenever he could, but he actually did not get on the ball all that much and there were few stand-out moments where he really made a meaningful contribution.

GOAL THREAT

His biggest slice of action before the break came in the 20th minute when picked up the ball, tried to bamboozle Mohamed Elneny near the edge of the box and unleashed a shot that the Arsenal midfielder was able to block.

After the break one admirable burst took Iheanacho from his own half to the edge of the area once again - but he could only produce a tame shot that rolled wide.

OVERALL

Iheanacho departed the field on 71 minutes - replaced by Raheem Sterling - having ultimately failed to make much of an impression.

There was little joy for him this time around, although one imagines there will be plenty more to come from the teenager in the future.

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