Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says Kelechi Iheanacho is far from being a finished good and urged him to keep working hard in order to remain in contention for first team opportunities.
Iheanacho has scored twice and created two assists in two premier league games this season, with the latest goal coming in last Sunday’s 4-1 demolition of Aston Villa at Villa Park.
The Nigeria international was handed his first premier league start in over a year when he started alongside first choice Jamie Vardy at Villa Park, Rodgers however was happy with how the forward grabbed the chances with both hands.
“I thought he (Iheanacho) was great. He played the role how we wanted him to play. He creates Jamie’s first goal gets the second one with a good finish,” Rodgers told LFC TV.
“I just think with Kels now that he’s settling into being a Leicester City player. He’s come in for that first year, he was playing second fiddle to Jamie without many appearances. Probably before when he’s come into games.
“When you’re not playing so much, sometimes can you force it. You come and try to force the performance.”he said.
Rodgers also urged the 23-year-old forward keep up his high working rate in training, focus on himself and not the choice of the manager.
“All I said to him was just work hard in training, that’s all you can do. Don’t worry about being picked or not, that’s the manager’s choice. But as long as you’re working hard and giving me something to think about, then that’s all you can do. He’s been first class in his training.
“You saw him in the cup games, he comes in and he scores. He did it at Everton, came on and made a great impact.
“For him, you can see he’s at a nice high level. He’s just needs to keep working, that’s the key to it” He concluded.