Kelechi Iheanacho (born 3 October 1996) is an Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Leicester City.
Iheanacho has had a frustrating season since joining the Blues, waiting for a work permit, and then getting injured five minutes into his first game in the youth ranks.
After a couple of months on the sidelines, he marked his full debut with a goal in the FA Youth Cup final second leg defeat at Chelsea, and then bagged another as a sub in the under-21s’ International Cup semi-final against Leicester.
Made his competitive debut, replacing Raheem Sterling for the final minute of a 2–0 win against Watford at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Signed a new 2 year contract in August 2016.
Joined Leicester in August 2017, signing a five-year contract for a fee reported to be around £25 million.
Made his debut a few days later against Arsenal, scoring his first goal in an EFL Cup tie against Leeds United in October 2017.
Became the first player in English football to be awarded a goal due to VAR in January 2018, as the referee deemed that the player had been incorrectly ruled offside for his second goal.
Kelechi has represented Nigeria at Under-17, and Under-20s level. Iheanacho won the Golden Ball for tournament’s best player as his homeland won the U17s finals in the UAE this summer. He scored six goals in seven matches – including one in Nigeria’s victory over Mexico in the final and four in one match against the same opposition in the group phase – and also provided seven assists.
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