Puel wants Iheanacho to prove his worth

Leicester boss Claude Puel has told £25m Kelechi Iheanacho to prove he’s not a big money flop.

The 21-year-old was signed from Manchester City last summer but has failed to make an impression.

But with record buy Islam Slimani and Leo Ulloa both set for leave, Nigerian international Iheanacho could get another chance to prove his worth.

He scored twice in the FA Cup against Fleetwood and seems certain to spearhead the attack in the fourth round at Peterborough on Saturday.

Puel said: “I think Kelechi has kept a very positive attitude on the training ground, without game time and sometimes not being in the squad.

“He works hard on the pitch and this is the most important thing for a young player because sometimes he may get frustrated and disappointed.

“It is important to always keep a positive attitude and outlook and continue his hard work, especially for a young player because they must be patient to get game time. He is a good example.”

Slimani is a Newcastle target while Aston Villa head the queue for Ulloa as Leicester prepare to cull their strikers.

Puel added: “Sometimes it is difficult to give all the game time to some of the players because for example we have six strikers in his position.

“Without a good balance in the squad it is difficult to manage all these players and continue to improve them.

“It will be important in this transfer window to find this good balance and I hope Kelechi will get more game time in the future.”


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