Brendan Rodgers defends Kelechi Iheanacho after missed penalty kick at Palace


Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers has come out to put smiles on the face of Kelechi Iheanacho, after a horrific penalty miss against Crystal Palace, amid fans criticism on social media.

The former Liverpool boss who also worked with Scottish Premiership record champions Celtic believes it was a difficult task handed to the 24-year old striker.

Vardy, Youri Tielemans, Wilfred Ndidi were rested for the game against Palace as measures to pave for new faces to shine also boost the fitness level of the senior players.

Speaking after the match, here’s Rodgers said.
“He’s a boy who doesn’t get too many chances,” said Rodgers on Iheanacho. “He’s a young player but even if you’re a senior player it’s always difficult when you’re behind one of the world’s best strikers.” (H/t Leicester Mercury).

The manager is not unaware of the current problem Iheanacho faces at the club. The Northern Irish manager prefers Vardy as his number across all competitions which may not be unconnected with his impressive form.

Take a deep inside the foxes attack, Iheanacho is the third most preferred option ahead of Islam Slimani and Demarai Gray. But his problem had also been his inability to score as much as he can.

Perez has since scored a goal with an assist to his name this season in the league.

Another green light and a call for the development

It appears the manager is not willing to enter the market for a striker. Instead, he’ll prefer to work with the players on the ground. Read Brendan Rodgers full verdict on Leicester City transfer and how it affects Iheanacho here.

The fans have continued to put a call across social media for a new addition in the attack due to poor form on the side of the strikes apart from Jamie Vardy who has continued to score goals week in week out.


The game against Crystal Palace is the last game of 2020. The foxes will begin the new year with a trip to Newcastle united. 

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