Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers has refused to put the blame on Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho after he missed a penalty in City’s draw with Crystal Palace on Monday.
The Irishman has dismissed claims that the 24-year-old was not the right man to take the penalty insisting that the attacker was the right choice.
Speaking to the media after the game the former Liverpool manager said that the Nigerian had proved his worth in training when it comes to taking penalties, but the football gods were just not on his side on the day, something that is very common in football.
“I said at half time, it was one you have to let go of. He practised yesterday and hit five out of five, so he was confident, but it is just one of those things,” explained Rodgers.
Iheanacho has played 15 league games for the ‘Foxes’ and found the back of the net three times while assisting four more strikes for the former English champions. Since moving to the King Power Stadium the forward has struggled to establish himself as a regular at the club, but he has been getting more game time this season under the Irish manager who has brought a lot of positive changes into the team since taking over last year.
The attacker’s performances also earned him a return to the Nigerian national team in November and he featured against Siera Leone in the back-to-back AFCON 2021 qualifiers.
Jamie Vardy is the club’s most reliable striker upfront. His return of 11 league goals and four assists in 15 games so far proves why the English striker is the main man upfront. Rodgers has often rotated the two strikers, but sometimes he has played the pair together.
On Monday Ivorian winger Wilfried Zaha scored the goal for Palace while Harvey Barnes equalised for the visitors with seven minutes let on the clock. The draw sees Leicester remain second on the table with 29 points from 16 games – they are three points behind leaders Liverpool.
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