Thakgalo Khanya Leshabela made his Leicester City debut in the English Premier League on Sunday.
The 21-year-old creative midfielder was introduced in the 81st minute as the Foxes defeated Sheffield United 5-0 at the King Power Stadium to maintain their position in the top four of the division.
Leshabela had made the substitute’s bench several times this season for the former English champions, but coach Brendan Rodgers waited for the perfect opportunity to give him his first minutes in one of the biggest leagues in the world. He has also made the bench numerous times in the Uefa Europa League.
Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho took the match day ball home after he netted a beautiful hat-trick on the day.
Iheanacho opened the scoring after 39 minutes before Ayoze Perez doubled the advantage for the home side in the 64th minute. Five minutes later, the Nigerian hitman scored his second of the afternoon after an exquisite diagonal ball from Jamie Vardy.
The 24-year-old completed his hat-trick in find style. He hit a low driven shot from outside the box into the near post to make it 4-0 for Rodgers’ side.
Vardy thought he had finally registered his name in the score sheet, but it was given as an own goal by Ethan Ampadu who tried to clear the ball, but it deflected into his own net.
Leicester is now third on the log standings with 56 points from 29 games. They are a point behind second-placed Manchester United and 15 points behind log-leaders Manchester City. They will now shift their focus to the all important FA Cup quarter-final clash against Manchester United on Sunday.
This was a special day for Leshabela who arrived at the club in 2013 after being scouted by the Foxes. Rodgers has mentioned on a few interviews that he believes the dynamic midfielder is very talented and has a bright future.
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