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Is Iheanacho finished?

After seeing our players put up a great fight last night against an incredibly talented team, the only real downside was to see us go down to ten men and Man City up to twelve with our second substitution. Arguably Man City would also be a little aggrieved with his performance, given that his only contributions were a hooked clearance from the edge of the box and a bit of timewasting in the near corner.

I've long held on to the hope that there is some talent in there to nurture and direct - he has a shot on him (sometimes) and he does look for assists. But even Rodgers seems a little frustrated with him given his rather unenthusiastic comments about the Kelechi cameo. Plus there are some concerning comments from a month or two back when the Nigeria boss implied that he has to take his career a bit more seriously, i.e. he can't laugh and joke all the time.

I have some sympathy. We have a Vardy problem in the same way Spurs have a Harry Kane problem - the presence of a striker who is almost unquestionable as first choice and therefore opportunities to play being limited in any formation that ends with a 1. But at the same time there's surely little point in keeping someone whose attitude isn't up to scratch?

So, does Iheanacho have a future here? Or should we have a keen eye out for a rich Saudi Arabian club over the summer?

posted on 7/5/19

He reminds me of Batshuayi, in theory he should be a good striker. Good pace, height, build, capable of good control and dribbling, good shooting technique off either foot. And yet it just doesn’t work. Think there’s late bloomers for both of them

posted on 7/5/19

comment by Bowstring (U17642)
posted 19 minutes ago
Thought he did well for them, contributing to their win. Maybe hoping they activate the buy back clause. Anyone remember how much that is?
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50 million 😱😂

posted on 7/5/19

Issue for him is that he cannot play the lone striker role that so many coaches and teams play now. He's a luxury player that you'd need to play off a main striker.

posted on 7/5/19

Dunge-- Man City aggrieved with his performance??
his attempt in front of goal was pitiful, so bad that they should be grateful,any decent striker would have at least had the shot on target.He could have taken the title from them.
Other fans have wondered if he did it deliberately.
No he is just dreadful.

posted on 7/5/19

Ok, looking at this objectively I think there are actually concerning signs.

I think Ian has talent, but he’s just never suited the style we played. In any system really which is harsh. Under Puel and Rodgers we’ve played with 1 striker and not a number 10 as such (even though maddison was claimed to play this role).

Before his last cameo he’s shown flashes of brilliance in front of goal, and looks to be a natural finisher. But then at the end of Puel’s reign you just saw his confidence drain away and then worse, his attitude.

Last night looked to shine a spotlight on a problem. I think Nacho looks unfit, unmotivated and potentially extremely unhappy. I look at the situation and think he could be struggling personally and professionally with all this.

I feel it’s time for all parties to move on. I was always willing to give him a chance but I’m not sure how he’ll get it now.

Last night’s miss could be the final chapter in a very sad a depressing story. Nacho has talent, but I don’t think he can find it at our club.

Shame.

posted on 7/5/19

You wouldn't have been surprised if he had afterwards admitted that he was a diehard Nan City fan and he really didn't want to derail their title chances. That's how bad that miss was.
He really is a hopeless case; speed of thought too slow and rarely wins anything with his head.

comment by Maynard (U1029)

posted on 7/5/19

He missed on purpose

posted on 7/5/19

After watching him for nearly 2 seasons trust me he is that bad - if he was trying to miss on purpose that would have gone in!

posted on 7/5/19

He simply just isn’t very good. Or at least, is nowhere near the Top ten PL quality. It was an expensive punt (one put forward by those above the first team management) and it hasn’t paid off.

Thanks to the World Cup we did extremely well recouping on Musa. I can’t see the same thing happening with Nacho, we’ve left it a year too long.
We just have to take the big hit with this one, get him off the wage bill and give himself some sort of chance at forming a career because at the minute - his confidence, value and prospective improvement is all in free fall at Leicester City.

posted on 7/5/19

Was having a laugh yesterday listening to the idiots saying Puel ruined him FFS move on

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