Nigerian international Kelechi Iheanacho missed a spot-kick as early as the 19th minutes of the game against Crystal Palace after Brendan Rodgers opted to start the Nigerian as key players were rested.

A rare opportunity to start as the proper number nine for the foxes, Iheanacho could not convert his spot-kick, which could have handed Leicester City valuable points in their quest for the Premier League title as well as Champions League spot.

Against a dismal Palace side who lost heavily to Liverpool, the foxes had their chances in both halves, which could have given them a heads way.

After the penalty miss, Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring for home side through a fine assist from Townsend barely ten minutes from kick off after the break.

Harvey Barnes who was brought back on loan from former Championship side West Bromwich Albion saved the blushes of the Brendan Rodgers tutored side with a sublime effort in the 83rd minute to bring the game on level terms.

The odds did not favour the Nigerian, who’s been on the bench as the manager preferred to play in form Jamie Vardy, who currently sits among the top Premier League top scorers chart.

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The problems of Iheanacho may not be unconnected with his lack of game time at the club. His role is always miles away even though he is listed in the matchday squad.

He was however taken off the pitch on the 72nd minute for Demarai Gray.


Kelechi Iheanacho stats and how they compare at Leicester City


There’ll be no reason on earth that would prompt Rodgers from keeping Vardy on the sidelines for Iheanacho as the English striker even in his thirties has continued to produce results.



Last season, Vardy single-handedly carried to the UEFA Europa League and has been behind the team’s progression to the knockout stages.

Iheanacho has only featured eight times in the league with no goal and assist. In the Europa League, he was in form as he scored three important goals for the foxes in the group stage.


Although he’s been improving season after season, however, the level of consistency remains a major problem.

Published by Ibiye Ambille

Senior editor, Loves talking football with added analysis.

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