Wednesday 21 November 2018

Kelechi Iheanacho wants to prove his worth at Leicester

The striker has only started six times in the Premier League this season.

Leicester City v Arsenal – Premier League – King Power Stadium
Leicester City v Arsenal – Premier League – King Power Stadium

By Nick Mashiter, Press Association Sport

Striker Kelechi Iheanacho is eyeing a personal revival at Leicester after scoring just his second league goal for the Foxes.

The 21-year-old grabbed the opener as they beat Arsenal 3-1 on Wednesday.

He joined from Manchester City for £25million last summer but has only made six top flight starts this season.

But after netting against the Gunners Iheanacho, who has seven goals in all competitions, wants to prove his worth at the King Power Stadium.

He said: “That’s what every player wants, to play. When you work hard, you get your chance, so I’ll keep working hard and see what’s next.

“It’s always good to be involved in a good sport, with a great team. We started well and we got the first goal. We had the confidence and the momentum and we finished well.

“It was important to get the first goal to get us going and get our confidence back for the last couple of games. I think we’ve got our confidence back now, we’re strong and we’ll keep going.

“It was a great goal, good composure, a good assist from Fouss (Fousseni Diabata) and a good finish.”

Jamie Vardy’s penalty and Riyad Mahrez’s late goal then cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half equaliser as Leicester won just their fifth league game in their last 20 outings.

It was also Arsenal’s seventh straight away league defeat and they are pointless on the road in 2018.

Victory eased a little of the growing pressure on boss Claude Puel after the Foxes lost 2-0 at home to West Ham on Saturday and they will finish eighth or ninth this season.

It was Leicester’s first league win over Arsenal since 1994, leaving Puel pleased with their response after a five-game winless run.

“It was a fantastic game with good intensity and a lot of chances,” he said, ahead of Sunday’s final day trip to Tottenham.

“Congratulations to my players because they had a good mentality and showed aggressiveness, passion and desire in their game. They gave their best.

“I say the most important thing is to put this spirit, aggressiveness and pressing and conviction. It was their game.

“They wanted to finish with a good feeling with the fans and it was a good response. It was important to finish with this quality game.”

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