Hugely promising and a natural goal scorer
Kelechi Iheanacho first rose to prominence during the Club’s 2014 summer tour of the USA where the youngster caught the eye with a string of fine performances.
With six goals and seven assists at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, Iheanacho was one of the most promising talents to come out of Africa for many years, but it was City who moved quickly to secure his services.
His sizeable contribution for Nigeria saw him named the U17 World Cup’s best player, earning him the coveted Golden Ball trophy.
After injuries ruled the Nigerian out of much of the 2014/15 season, he returned to score in the FA Youth Cup final against Chelsea and then followed this up with the only goal in the International Premier League Cup final win over FC Porto, landing his first honour with the club in the process.
Kelechi continued his hot scoring streak for the EDS in the final weeks of the season, netting twice against champions Manchester United in the final league game to take his tally to six in seven games.
By the start of the 2015/16 season, the talented teenager had done enough to impress manager Manuel Pellegrini that there was no need to replace outgoing strikers Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic, and he didn’t disappoint in a superb first season at senior level.
He climbed off the bench in only his second game to score a last-minute winner away to Crystal Palace. This was just the start for the striker who was on his way to a fantastic first full campaign, during which he also won his first senior Nigeria caps.
Despite only starting 11 games, Kelechi ended the season with 14 goals in all competitions with only Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero scoring more for the Blues.
A natural goal-scorer with excellent technique and an eye for the unusual, Iheanacho looks set for a career at the very highest level with plenty more goals to come and has continued to progress in the early stages of the 2016/17 campaign.