October, 4 2023.
Super Eagles and Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho had last weekend urged his Foxes teammates to keep their foot on the pedal, by maintaining the winning streak that has catapulted the club to the top of the Sky Bet Championship log, having won all but one of their games so far.
Iheanacho had earlier last week refuted reports and rumours that he and teammate, Wilfred Ndidi were on the verge of a move, away from the relegated former premier league champions, in the summer.
Iheanacho and Ndidi have been huge for the 2015/16 English Premier League Champions, who are looking to rejoin the top flight, after just one season in the lower division, following their bizarre relegation at the end of last season.
Having started the 2023/24 Season on an impressive note, Iheanacho believes sustaining the momentum was key, if Leicester City were to emulate clubs like Burnley and Norwich City, who were able to earn promotions back to the Premiership, at the first season of asking.
Under a new manager, Enzo Maresca, both Iheanacho who was Leicester's player of last season and Ndidi, have had their roles slightly modified and the alterations have been spot on, as both players have continued to impress with goals, assists and superb performances, one match-day after the other.
Leicester City defeated Blackburn Rovers 4-1 at the Ewood Park on Sunday to open a two-point lead at the top of the standings, and Iheanacho who came off the bench to score the visitors’ third goal of the game, has harped on the importance of sustaining the winning run.
“We need to keep getting the wins. Yes, we’re on top now, but it’s a tough league. We need to keep going, as there are a lot of games to come. At the end of the season, we’ll see where we are, the plan is to return to the premiership as soon as possible", Iheanacho said on the club’s official website.
Ndidi also starred in the away win at Blackburn Rovers, and has relished his new Leicester City role, which has seen him move slightly forward, as an attacking midfielder.
Being deployed recently, as an impact player, Iheanacho's goal at Ewood Park, was his second league goal of the campaign. On the other hand, Ndidi who was Man of the Match against Blackburn, admits it has been tough for him, getting used to playing in a more attacking midfield role (No. 8).
The 26-year-old who's conventionally a holding midfielder, a-times play as a central defender, set up Jamie Vardy for the second goal of the game on Sunday, and later told the club's official website that collective teamwork and patience won them the game.
Apparently, heeding the rallying call by Iheanacho, Leicester City on Wednesday night, won again by trouncing Preston North End 3-0, in a fixture that pitted first in the table against third, at the King Power Stadium.
Man of the match, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall netted a brace (60th and 90th min.) to take the Foxes points tally to 27 from ten games and remarkably, Ndidi provided the assist for Iheanacho, who again started from the bench to grab Leicester's second of the night (76th min.), and his third of the campaign; www.ckdmedia.ng reports.