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Five reasons why Iheanacho must start in the Manchester Derby


/ by Obiweluozo Martins
The young prodigy may have play peripheral role this season but it may be time for the new manager who have taken over the reigns at the Etihad to make some certain key decision at the club as regards to Iheanacho possibility to start the game at showing so much fate in the young Nigeria and to leave veteran and club legend Yaya Toure in somewhat harse decision as a result of some certain thing best known to the manger. 

With the return and availability of Ikay Gundogan, the German who moved from Borussia Dortmund in the summer and the club form of Raheem starling and city dictator David Silva it’s even hard to guarantee a starting shirt for the young but that cannot be totally ruled out as the young lads reputation is growing at the child.

 Here are five reason why Iheanacho Kelechi can start in the Manchester derby.


          The young forward was in impervious form at the moment bearing in mind his scintillating performance for Nigeria over the weekend. It was another opportunity for the young forward to take centers stage following his goal heroics at the weekend where he belled the cat as the supper Eagles more stranded with visiting Tanzania side in a goalless draw. 
It was a game where stars like Ogenyi Onazi, John Obi Mikel and Odon Ighalo failed to really come a line only for Iheanacho to notch a spectacular winners to the relive of a Nigerian side who are seeking redemption under new German which cannot Role following recent Afcon qualifying failure.

 It was Kelechi Iheanacho to the rescue as he has showed what he can do for City and Guardiola when handed a starting shirt as the young lads started for Nigeria and grew in to the game before notching the all-important winner against Tanzania in the qualifiers a head of the looming Manchester city derby at old Trafford.


The Manchester City prodigy Iheanacho who had a great affinity with former coach Manuel Pellegrini in particularly/could not help but  promote the forward to  the  first team city squad last season following string of fine performances for the U-21 Manchester city side who won the FA Cup. 

Those string of fine performance came against united side who was beaten 3-1 by Iheanacho quality outing in eh game where he scored magnificent (two) goals to ensure his side won on the occasion. 

The first came from a solo goal, (individual brilliance) where he skillfully turned his marker, nutmegged the second runs ling defender to calmly slotted home to give delight city team mate a break through and draped up the game with a confident finish at the edge of the box to make it 3-1. 

It is a worthy moment for the player which can stimulate positive performance from the player when handed a starts shirt in the Manchester clash.

          Kelechi Iheanacho might have delivered some fortune and  impressive performances  at City  following Cameo appearances at Crystal Palace and against Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad stadiums scoring on both occasion but would not  prevent city from going down to 1-2 defeat against Tottenham but there is no doubt about the players superb performances in games where he start games for City and under Guardiola  this  looks to be even be better as the young Nigeria is  proving to deserve more minutes of game time under his belt following decent outing against stoke city where he started  and scored a brace in the 4-0 demolition of Stoke City at the Etihad coupled with another double against Southampton   in the latter stages of the  season though they (City ) lost 4-2 on the occasion.

 Though United are going to provide a stiff test as they are a stronger opposition but that alone will be a motivation  for the young lad to play against the world best of Paul Pogba and Ibrahimovic  and to  show  what he can do in a big context as the young talent got much in his kitty ahead of the Manchester United clash.

The Argentine who have been a threat from his first day (game) in the Premier League where he bagged a brace against Swansea city in the 4-0 demolition of the Welch side will be missing from the Manchester derby and is certainly a sore news for city who will be needing their talismanic number 10 in front to cause united back line more problems. 

In his absence City and Guardiola should embrace reality coupled with luxury of having the talented Nigerian uproot with white waiting for action city have their hands full to trouble United. 

Aguero’s absence might force Guardiola to hand Iheanacho starting shirting with   the took to lead the city front line which will be right decision and a worthy risk  to  make as the Nigerian have proven times  and times again that  he can deliver the goals when call upon  and that can best come against a rival as bitter as the noisy Neighbours Manchester United.


          With the absence of star forward Sergio “kun”Aguero and the  loan switch of unsettled lion  in forward Bony Wilfred to stoke city on transfer deadline day, guess the this  is the tune to hand the baton to who  he  rightly deserved in the person of Kelechi Iheanacho. 

There is no denying the fact that Aguero is the star man of the side with magnificent performance week in week out just like the game  against Steau Bucharest in the UEFA champions league play off where he (Kun) missed too penalties and still scored  a lot-tuck in the 5-0 demolition  of the Romanian side but for Kelechi, he is  a  lad that the city fan are willing and dare to see on the pitch as he delivered once presented  with game time just as he bagged the man of  the watch award following the 5-1 defeat of Crystal Palace in the cup match among the big city teammate. 

The Nigerian who really be the fans choice to start ahead in attack as the Etihad side are definitely short of their talismanic forward Sergio Aguero going into the crunch after won derby.

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