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Looked for some detail about this buy back clause online but cant find anything. I am unsure as to whether the new contract would superseed this or it was a permanent thing during his time with us. Need clarification

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Compare his performance last night to the Palace away game earlier this season. The contrast is night and day. It's not just his finishing, it's his touch and all round awareness.

 

I'm trying to think of an established player in a foxes shirt who has shown more improvement than Kelechi has this season. I really can't.

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3 minutes ago, Andrew said:

Looked for some detail about this buy back clause online but cant find anything. I am unsure as to whether the new contract would superseed this or it was a permanent thing during his time with us. Need clarification

Percy believes it has expired

 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2021/04/02/turbo-charged-teen-senior-man-kelechi-iheanacho-realised-potential/

 

“Though Pep Guardiola had high hopes for him, the offer from Leicester in August 2017 was too good to turn down.

 

Manchester City insisted on a £50 million buy-back option, which has now expired, due to their trust in his potential.”

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I think he has a certain level of unpredictability about him which must make him a nightmare to play against. I'm not sure he fully knows what's he's gonna do sometimes so the defenders have no chance. Add to that the fact they have to constantly monitor Vardy's runs and you can see why this is such a fruitful partnership 

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1 minute ago, Mythyaar said:

Compare his performance last night to the Palace away game earlier this season. The contrast is night and day. It's not just his finishing, it's his touch and all round awareness.

 

I'm trying to think of an established player in a foxes shirt who has shown more improvement than Kelechi has this season. I really can't.

Barnes and JJ have levelled up but yeah he's completely changed his game around 

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6 hours ago, UpTheLeagueFox said:

As I was leaving the ground tonight, stopped for a chat with another media guy.

Mentioned Iheanacho and he said: "Now's the time to cash in."

Hadn't crossed my mind.

What if we get a silly £££ bid for him for this summer ... do we take it or not?

Shocking to even ask this question, that guy should be ashamed of himself!

 

Iheanancho is the most in form player in the division. He’s playing at a 15/16 Vardy / Mahrez / Kante level, top class performances every week and consistent now for two months. He’s still just 24 and still has his peak to come. Sure it’s taken him years to hit this level, but now we know why, he needed a run of games, to play in a pair and to have a number 10 behind him.
 

The guy is one of us now, if we win the FA Cup he will be one of the main reasons why. Plus keeping him here gives us a great chance to keep both him and Ndidi here for many years because they are such close friends. With that guy’s logic we should have sold Vardy after his purple patch :doh:.

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34 minutes ago, Mythyaar said:

Compare his performance last night to the Palace away game earlier this season. The contrast is night and day. It's not just his finishing, it's his touch and all round awareness.

 

I'm trying to think of an established player in a foxes shirt who has shown more improvement than Kelechi has this season. I really can't.

Vardy, when he first came into the side he was poor, took time to turn his game round.

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Kelechi Iheanacho: How has Leicester City striker become so prolific?

Kelechi Iheanacho had to wait until 3 February for his first league goal of the season. Since then the Leicester City striker is the Premier League's top goalscorer.

The Nigerian assisted the equaliser and scored the winner as the Foxes beat Crystal Palace 2-1 to gain a seven-point cushion in the race for a Champions League place.

A far cry from a striker who had to wait 14 months for a Premier League goal from September 2018 to December 2019.

He is the Foxes' top scorer this season with 17 goals, the first time since 2014-15 that Jamie Vardy has been in danger of not leading the way.

"That [race to be top scorer] not what we talk about," Iheanacho told BBC Sport. "As a team we work for each other, it doesn't matter who scores the goals.

"There's so much to improve in games so I'll keep going, keep doing my best."

Boss Brendan Rodgers said: "Over the last few months Kelechi has been absolutely incredible. It wasn't just his goal but his work-rate, he wants to press the game. He has no ego whatsoever and he works so hard."

What's changed?

The turning point in Iheanacho's Leicester City career has been starting alongside Vardy up front.

They only started eight games together last season and did not do so this campaign until 28 February - and even then it was only because of injuries to James Maddison and others. They have played every game together since.

Nigeria's Iheanacho has scored 14 goals in his last 14 appearances, as many as he managed in his previous 76 for Leicester.

Only Harry Kane (18) has been involved in more goals than Iheanacho (15) among Premier League players in all competitions this year.

Former England international Karen Carney was watching the game for BBC Radio 5 Live and said: "I think Iheanacho's confidence has come because he knows when he plays he's not going to get substituted for Jamie Vardy.

"As a player you're always looking over your shoulder thinking you are going to get taken off.

"But because he's playing next to Jamie Vardy he's confident and that one goal turns into two and three."

Rodgers said: "The top priority for me as a coach is helping players to develop. It's been difficult for Kels because of the style we normally played which was one striker - Jamie Vardy.

"We had to change it round with injuries, he's come in and been exceptional. Not just his goals, he's so happy to work hard for the team and his quality is phenomenal."

 

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Practiced finisher

Iheanacho's PL record since joining Leicester
  Goals Shot conversion rate Touches in opposition box Expected goals
2017-18 3 10.3% 36 4.2
2018-19 1 5.6% 39 2.1
2019-20 5 13.9% 76 6
2020-21 10 23.3% 69 6.6

 

Iheanacho has shown a potency in front of goal recently rarely seen in his career.

His 10 Premier League goals this term outstrips his expected goals - the number of goals he would be expected to score from the chances he receives - by more than three goals, and his shot conversion rate is his highest since joining the Foxes.

Carney said: "I was speaking to Emile Heskey about him and apparently he does these things in training, he's done it for a very, very long time. But he never really had the confidence when he was given the opportunity in games. That's changed.

"That's shifted, he's now delivering in the games. That type of goal, in the pressure moments when he needs to deliver for his team, he's pulled it out of the bag and they've got three points from it."

Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel told Sky Sports: "Kele is incredibly intelligent when it comes to his finishing - he knows how to shift and shoot so quickly, he's so good at the particular one where he shifts it and then puts it through the defender's legs and wrongfoots the goalkeeper.

"He does it in training all the time. He's a nightmare in training to be fair. He's just a big strong lad who can put himself about, he's fast, he's got absolutely everything to be a top striker and he's showing it now, which is great."

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Vardy has always been in your face, not giving up on anything, pure intensity type of player. 
 

In comparison Kelechi just gives off an aura of being the exact opposite, laid back, casual, too relaxed at times then there are moments like that second goal last night. :appl:

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It annoys me when people says he's improved. He hasn't really, he's getting a chance and isn't being kicked to the kerb immediately. Luckily Rodgers' hand has been forced and it's allowed Kel some time to find some rhythm and show people how good he can be.

 

I'd love to think fans could learn that regular football is massive to see how good a player actually is, you can't write players off. Also maybe people will less smugly use "well I think the manager knows more than us" Like it's impossible for a manager to ever make an error in judgement.

 

I disagree with a lot of people who have gone over the top and described his all round game as exceptional. His first touch is very hit and miss and he's not exactly a fluid dribbler on the ball. His eye for a killer pass or a shot are insanely good though and that's why he will always be a handful when playing in a team that will see him have a lot of touches in the other teams box.

 

It's all or nothing with fans though isn't it... someone's either a competition winner or the best in the world haha.

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7 minutes ago, Livid said:

Vardy has always been in your face, not giving up on anything, pure intensity type of player. 
 

In comparison Kelechi just gives off an aura of being the exact opposite, laid back, casual, too relaxed at times then there are moments like that second goal last night. :appl:

That second goal was pure wizardry. Great control under immense pressure, a composed turn and then - well, boomzid. 

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Just now, Livid said:

Vardy has always been in your face, not giving up on anything, pure intensity type of player. 
 

In comparison Kelechi just gives off an aura of being the exact opposite, laid back, casual, too relaxed at times then there are moments like that second goal last night. :appl:

That second goal, ball played up to him, two defenders, no danger and then its in the back of the net, the only other Leicester player I've seen that could get a goal from nothing was Mahrez.

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2 minutes ago, ARM1968 said:

That second goal was pure wizardry. Great control under immense pressure, a composed turn and then - well, boomzid. 

The only other player we have had who can score that goal was Mahrez.  He plays in a different position but it feels like he is filling that void.

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7 minutes ago, filbertway said:

It annoys me when people says he's improved. He hasn't really, he's getting a chance and isn't being kicked to the kerb immediately. Luckily Rodgers' hand has been forced and it's allowed Kel some time to find some rhythm and show people how good he can be.

 

I'd love to think fans could learn that regular football is massive to see how good a player actually is, you can't write players off. Also maybe people will less smugly use "well I think the manager knows more than us" Like it's impossible for a manager to ever make an error in judgement.

 

I disagree with a lot of people who have gone over the top and described his all round game as exceptional. His first touch is very hit and miss and he's not exactly a fluid dribbler on the ball. His eye for a killer pass or a shot are insanely good though and that's why he will always be a handful when playing in a team that will see him have a lot of touches in the other teams box.

 

It's all or nothing with fans though isn't it... someone's either a competition winner or the best in the world haha.

Completely agree with this. I was never one to write him off, but won't be calling him world class either. We all knew he was a good finisher he just needed a run of games.

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2 minutes ago, walkerleeds said:

I know it has been talked about endlessly and apologies for bringing it back up again, but has the 'buy back' clause definitely expired now?

No. When he signed his new contract it went down to £20. We are sooooo screwed. 

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