Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini has reiterated that he has absolute trust in teen star Kelechi Iheanacho as he seeks for a record 12 Premier League wins in a row when they take on the in-form West Ham on Saturday.
Pellegrini opted for the duo of Wilfried Bony and Sergio Aguero in their last Premier League game at Selhurst Park but it was Nigerian teenage star Iheanacho that came off the substitute’s bench to score the winner in stopagge time.
“I have absolute trust in what Bony can do. I think we have enough options for striker with him, with Aguero and Iheanacho,” Pellegrini said in his pre-match conference.
Also Iheanacho’s teammate, Kevin De Bruyne, has enjoyed his first few days as a City player and is looking forward to facing West Ham United this weekend for his home Premier League debut.
The Belgian midfielder has made two substitute appearances so far, coming on midway through the first-half against Crystal Palace and towards the end of the home loss to Juventus.
“It was a little disappointing that we lost on Tuesday, but I enjoyed the experience,” said De Bruyne.
“It’s not necessarily a bad thing to come on and play the games I have – I’ve still only been here for just over a week, which is not a lot – so it’s probably a good thing to pace yourself and get to know your team-mates better and for them to know how I play.”
With in-form West Ham United next up for the Premier League leaders, De Bruyne admits he’s been impressed with what he’s seen so from the Hammers and is expecting a tough afternoon.
He is also aware of the danger Dimitri Payet poses, with the Hammers’ midfielder making an explosive start to live at Upton Park.
“I saw bits of their game against Newcastle on Monday because we were in the team hotel and from what I saw, they played pretty well on the night,” he said.
“I know of Payet because one of my Belgium team-mates, Michy Batshuayi, played alongside him at Marseille for one season and he told me a lot about him. I know Payet had a lot of assists last year and that he’s a really good player so he will be a threat, especially in his current form.”