KELECHI Iheanacho’s struggles for dependability at Leicester City are down to the Premier League outfit playing him out of position, stated Nigerian football icon Nduka Ugbade.
The Foxes were labelled to have pulled off quite a coup when winning the race for the Nigerian from Manchester City.
Ugbade – who worked with Iheanacho as assistant coach of the Nigeria U17 and U2 teams, believes the wrong approach is being taken with the star.
“Iheanacho’s coaches must know how best to use him,” Ugbade said in an interview with goal.com
“He is not an outright striker but he can play behind the main striker to provide assists while scoring goals.
“Myself and Manu [Garba] know him very well and we know what he is capable of doing. All he needs now is getting regular playing time to get himself back into the game.”
For Ugbade, learning different roles could be demanding for any young player, nevertheless, he suggests the Super Eagle will bounce back if he gains regular playing time at East Midland.
“I don’t think he has actually done badly knowing that he is from Nigeria – where developmental football is not so strong– and going to Manchester City where he was able to hold his own among some of the biggest names in world football,” he continued.
“At Leicester City, it took him almost a season to blend in because at Leicester, their style of football is much quicker than where he was coming from.
“Those of us who know Iheanacho understand that he is not a fast player but a highly intelligent player, trust me, he will continue to improve and score goals if he gets regular playing opportunities.”
“Before English football was suspended due to Covid-19, he got some goals and you will agree with me that he has greatly improved – a far difference from the time he joined the club.
“I can only hope that by next season, he gets his feet completely right and continues to deliver.”
Season over for Liverpool’s inspirational captain
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will play no further part in the champions’ bid for Premier League records with his knee injury ruling him out of the rest of the season.
Klopp confirmed that the skipper will not be able to feature again this campaign, but will not require surgery and should be fit again for next season.
He will also be there to lift the Premier League trophy against Chelsea on July 22 as the Reds finally end their 30-year wait to be crowned champions.
“Hendo is the best possible of all bad news: it is a knee injury but no surgery needed,” said Klopp. “He will not play any more in the latter stages of this season but I am pretty positive he will start with us the new season. It was an awful moment when he went down with injury. In Germany, we would call him an animal as he deals with pain so well.
“You saw he knew something happened which shouldn’t have happened. Everyone felt for him. It was a real mood killer.
“We were all concerned when we saw him going down and he left the pitch and when we got the news it was a big relief for all of us.
“It is not cool but it is the best we could get, Hendo is a quick healer and he will be back soon.
“But he deserves to lift the trophy and he will lift the trophy.”
Tiger Woods announces plans to return to PGA Tour next week
Tiger Woods will make his first PGA Tour start since February at next week’s Memorial Tournament.
The 15-time major winner pulled out of the Players Championship in March with a back injury before the coronavirus shutdown.
Professional men’s golf in the US has resumed behind closed doors and Woods is set to resume his season in Ohio from 16-19 July.
“I’ve missed going out and competing with the guys,” said Woods, 44.
“I can’t wait to get back out there.”
Woods, who has won the Memorial Tournament five times, finished 68th in his last PGA Tour appearance at the Genesis Open in February.
He last played publicly in a charity match that saw him and Peyton Manning beat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in an event that raised $20m (£16.4m) for coronavirus relief efforts in the United States.
Tiger Woods is aiming to defend the Masters title he won for a fifth time in 2019 when the rescheduled tournament takes place from 12-15 November at Augusta National.
The rearranged USPGA Championship is now set to be the first major of the year in San Francisco from 6-9 August and the US Open is to be played at Winged Foot in New York State from 17-20 September, while the Open Championship has been cancelled.
Victor Moses shows off his new look after getting rid of his trademark dreadlocks (Photo/Video)
The 29-year-old Nigerian footballer who plays as a winger for Inter Milan, on loan from Premier League club Chelsea took to Instagram to show off his new haircut after getting a clean trim from celebrity barber, Ahmed Alsanawi of AStarBarbers.
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