By Nurudeen Obalola:
The strongest indication yet has emerged that Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho will play with Manchester City’s senior squad next season.
The Flying Eagles forward has not lit up the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup as expected, but he did enough with City’s U-21s last season to impress Manuel Pellegrini.
Having been tipped by the Manchester Evening News and the Telegraph as a potential member of the senior squad next season, Iheanacho has now got the backing of the club’s official website, mcfc.com.
In an ongoing daily trivia of alphabets regarding City players past, present and future, Iheanacho was one of three players featured on Tuesday on the website, along with Stephen Ireland and Eike Immel, both former City stars.
Here is how the website describes Iheanacho under the heading ‘I is for Iheanacho’: “One of the brightest prospects to emerge from African youth football in recent times, Kelechi Iheanacho is expected to break into the senior side at some point in the coming season.
“A product of the Taye Academy in Nigeria, Kelechi had to wait for his City EDS (Elite Development Squad) debut after awaiting international clearance to play and then promptly picked up an injury just five minutes into his first match for the Blues!
“He showed flashes of his talent on last year's summer tour of the US and scored a cracker against Manchester United towards the end of the 2014/15 EDS campaign before jetting off to play in the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand – definitely one to watch out for.”
Below the description, the website adds a video of Iheanacho’s highlights from last year’s pre-season tour, in which he stood out even in the presence of several senior stars.