Leicester City assistant manager Chris Davies has hailed Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho after his goal scoring display in their 4-0 win over Luton Town in the EFL (Carabao) Cup on Tuesday night.
Iheanacho made his first Leicester appearance of the season when he came on for Ayoze Perez in the 71st minute and made the most of the rare participation by scoring the fourth goal of the game four minutes from time.
”It is great for Kelechi (Iheanacho) because he has been outside of the squad, let alone the team, just recently but he’s been working hard in training, the manager has given him an opportunity tonight and he’s come in and he’s not been on the pitch for long but he’s made an impact,” Davies said after the game.
”He’s scored, he’s pressed the game well, he showed a good hunger, a good appetite, and it’s an instinctive finish to chip the goalkeeper.”
Iheanacho has found game-time difficult to come by this season as he has either been an unused substitute or totally left out of the Match Day squad in all their Premier League matches to date.
Davies stated that Iheanacho and those paraded on Tuesday night were called upon based on their level of work in training.
“The manager (Brendan Rodgers)’ message to the players was that he was picking the team because of how well they’ve been working. He believed that they could put in a good performance and get a result and we certainly didn’t underestimate Luton.”
Leicester, with their emphatic win joined other Premier League sides Watford, Southampton, Arsenal, Everton and reigning cup holders Manchester City in the next round of the competition.