Is It Time For Iheanacho To Head Back To Man City?
Hold on. Just think about it. Nine goals in just as many games? You would think that stat belonged to Harry Kane, or even Luis Suarez. But alas, it belongs to Kelechi ‘Seniorman’ Iheanacho. After watching him smash that equalizer against Burnley, I simply clapped because I was just happy for him to be on the scoresheet (he gets there once in a while) but then he fired in a hat-trick against Sheffield United and booted Man United out of the FA Cup with a brace. Now, it seems like he looks every bit of that £50 Million in his buy-back clause from Man City.
Oh…You forgot about that. Didn’t you?
Yes, my friend. When Iheanacho moved to Leicester City from Manchester City in 2017, a buy-back clause of £50 Million was inserted into the deal; which means that Man City can buy him back for that amount. That the club would think of having that clause showed the massive belief they had in his potential. To be fair, the investment has taken a bit of time. In fact, there have been many false dawns where you thought the player had finally come good; only for him to struggle with inconsistency again and again.
This season, he has stepped up and has delivered with a bit more consistency. Thanks to Brendan Rodger’s expert handling of the team, the dependence in Vardy has dropped significantly. Now goals can come from other players; including Iheanacho. Leicester City will be happy that the Nigerian has kicked into gear because the club is mindful that Vardy is 34 and will not be around for much longer. Iheanacho is 24 and looks set to fill in once Vardy steps down as the team’s official marksman.
But over at the Etihad, Aguero could be set to leave after almost 10 glorious seasons for Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus is the only recognized first-team striker after the Argentine. Quick One: Do you know that Jesus has 12 goals in all competitions? Do you also know that Iheanacho has the exact number of goals in all competitions? You can bring all the arguments forward about the qualities of both players but I’m not sure that there’s much between them at this point.
If Aguero leaves, Manchester City have to get a replacement. They have no choice. They can’t keep trying Sterling or Ferran Torres in that striker’s role everytime. They need someone who can get them goals naturally. Jesus is capable but Guardiola needs another option. Not many good strikers will cost below £70 Million. In my opinion, a £50 Million backup doesn’t sound bad. Could be a good investment too.
Why? Well…why not? He already knows the club. His goal record for them is still admirable, and who knows how he will get on with far better players than the ones he has at Leicester City? He could be a masterstroke if handled well. He’s finally showing us what he’s capable of. A couple more performances like this before the season ends and this speculation will look about right.
I may be wrong…but a fan can dream right?