Iheanacho Seeks First Start, First Goal vs Chelsea

Nigerian international forward, Kelechi Iheanacho will be seeking a return to reckoning when Leicester City host Chelsea at the King Power stadium Tuesday night in a Premier League match week 19 tie.

Iheanacho has made just two starts in nine appearances in the competition for the Foxes so far this term and the Super Eagles star would be hoping to make the most of the cameo role he may likely get against Frank Lampard’s men.

Interestingly, Iheanacho is yet to start a game against Chelsea since April 2016 when he played his first game against the West London side, featuring for the final five minutes of Manchester City’s 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

The Nigerian has featured five times against the former Premier League champions, playing cameo roles in all the games. He played twice for Manchester City against the London Blues, featuring for just 12 minutes in the second game, the 3-1 loss to the visitors at the Etihad stadium in December 2016.

Since he switched Manchester City for Leicester City, Iheanacho has featured thrice against Chelsea, playing for 12 minutes in his first game in September 2017 in the 2-1 loss at the King Power stadium.

The Super Eagle played for a combined 10 minutes in the final two games. He was subbed on in the final six minutes when the Foxes pipped Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in December 2018 before coming on in the final 10 minutes in the Foxes 2-2 draw at the King Power stadium last February.

In all the five games, the Nigerian didn’t sight Chelsea’s goal and he will want to reverse this Tuesday night as he is desperately looking to score his first Premier League goal of the season and the first against Chelsea.

Iheanacho’s last Premier League goal came last July when he opened the floodgate of goals in Leicester City’s 3-0 defeat of Crystal Palace. That was his 21st goal in 126 Premier League games since he scored his first goal in the competition when he came in with a minute left in regulation time to score Manchester City’s only goal in a 1-0 win in September 2015.

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