Rodgers defends Iheanacho against Rohr’s criticism
Iheanacho is showing wonderful appetite to improve – Rodgers
Kelechi Iheanacho’s national team coach gave scathing remarks about the lad, but according to his coach at Leicester City, the 22-year-old has a ‘wonderful appetite to get better.’
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Iheanacho, whose national team coach had told to be more professional, was responding well to Leicester’s structure of improving players.
Iheanacho, was amongst the biggest names omitted for the Super Eagles ties against Seychelles and Egypt last Friday and on Tuesday respectively.
According to the Super Eagles’ gaffer, lack of professionalism and playing time necessitated the omission of the 2013 U-17 Golden Ball winner from his team, and also sounded an alarm, that the player was at the risk of missing out of making the AFCON squad to Egypt later this year.
Meanwhile, Rodgers has defended Iheanacho after the strong criticism from the national team – saying “he has shown a wonderful appetite and enthusiasm to get better.”
“When I saw him at Manchester City, he was always a young player that could come in and affect the game,” the former Liverpool and Celtic manager said per completesports.
“From what I’ve seen in training and when I’ve spoken to him, he has shown a wonderful appetite and enthusiasm to get better. We have a culture where we want to improve players and make them better and he’s responded very well to that.”
Iheanacho, who joined Leicester from Manchester City on five years contract in 2017, has only managed to feature 28 times for his club this season, scoring just two goals.
Rodgers posited that Iheanacho was unlucky to be vying for the same spot with one of the league’s best striker – Jarmie Vardy, and has promised that the Nigerian would get his chance.
Rodgers added: “It’s difficult for him because he’s up against one of the best strikers in this league, in Jamie Vardy, so that’s always going to be difficult unless the system changes. But he’s a great boy to work with and he’ll want to play more I’m sure.
“At this minute, it’s creating the confidence because he’s scoring goals in training and working very hard and adapting to how we want to play.
“And I’m sure when the time comes, if he gets a chance to play consistently, he will take that chance.”