Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho says he is ready to
fight for his place in the team, amidst competition from Gabriel
Jesus and Sergio Aguero.
The 20-year-old Nigeria international has scored seven goals
this season, but has found first-team chances harder to come
by than during his debut campaign.
In spite of only five English Premier League starts this season,
Iheanacho welcomes the extra competition and insists he is
improving by playing alongside great players.
“I cannot pretend that I don’t hear what people back home [in
Nigeria] say about my lack of regular football, but I will continue
to fight,” Iheanacho said on Saturday.
“I don’t worry about those comments. All I need to do is to keep
working, keep doing well and keep improving every day.
“Sergio Aguero and Gabriel [Jesus] are really really great
players that we need in our team.
“As a young player, I’m happy playing alongside these fantastic
players because I learn and get better every day.
“It’s a big thing for my career to compete with these players.
I’m okay with the way things are going and I wish Gabriel a
quick recovery to return and help the team.”
Iheanacho scored 14 times and produced seven assists last
season even though 25 of his 36 appearances were as a
That feat saw him finish as City’s third-highest scorer in all
competitions, behind Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne.
At international level, Iheanacho has scored five goals in eight
appearances for Nigeria since making his senior debut against
Swaziland in November 2015.
He starred as Nigeria won the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the
United Arab Emirates for a record fourth-time.
He emerged as the tournament’s outstanding player, being
voted the Most Valuable Player.
Iheanacho scored six goals to secure the Silver Boot as the
competition’s second-highest goal-scorer.