Kelechi Iheanacho has opened up about his struggles at the start of his Leicester City journey.
The Nigerian forward faced a lot of criticism at the start of his Foxes career, but he has turned things around at the King Power Stadium scoring 18 goals in 36 appearances this season.
He has overtaken Jamie Vardy as the club’s leading goal scorer this season.
Speaking to BBC Sport Africa, the 24-year-old said a lot of people didn’t believe in him, but he is happy with his progress so far.
“I think a lot of people wrote me off, but I never lost faith in myself. I was going through a crazy and difficult time when things just didn’t work out for me.
“But I’ve worked extremely hard, and also have the manager and other staff at Leicester, and most importantly my brother and friend Wilfred Ndidi who stood by me.
“It’s been a really tough ride, but I’m just delighted it’s all come together for me.”
Iheanacho’s prowess in front of goal has helped the Foxes move up to third spot on the Premier League table and also reach the FA Cup final where they will take on Chelsea on the 15th of May.
It’s normal for strikers to go through a bad patch and having experienced one himself, Iheanacho has vowed to work even harder to avoid a goal drought again.
“It was truly a bad patch and we all know that some people are always too quick to judge. To hear some people come out now and start saying positive things again is only normal, but I don’t even bother.
“I only have to prove to myself that I can do this consistently, continue to grow, help my club and country when I get the chance to play.
“We have a lot ahead of us. It’s that time of the season where you want to fight for everything in front of you and not get carried away.”
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