Kelechi Iheanacho

Iheanacho: Keep Our Standard High

Kelechi Iheanacho says Leicester City must remain focused on their own philosophy of playing ahead of a four-game run-in at the end of the Premier League season.
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- Leicester City face AFC Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium on Sunday evening (7pm kick-off)
- Striker Kelechi Iheanacho believes the Foxes must continue with the 'same standard' to achieve success
- City are currently fourth in the Premier League standings with four games still to play
- Iheanacho also praised the management of Brendan Rodgers and congratulated Jamie Vardy on reaching 100 top-flight goals

City face AFC Bournemouth on Sunday (7pm kick-off) before tackling Sheffield United (H), Tottenham Hotspur (A) and Manchester United (H) over a 14-day period.

Brendan Rodgers' men currently occupy fourth place in the top-flight standings as they look to secure the Club's second-best finish in the Premier League era.

However, there are still more objectives to be achieved for the Foxes and Iheanacho, who has scored 10 goals in all competitions this term, says the squad is fully focused.

"It’s been great, I’ve really enjoyed it," the Nigeria international said, discussing the return of football. "We worked hard in training before the restart on getting our fitness right.

"It was a bit different because, normally when the season finishes, you come back after a holiday or travelling, but when you’re just inside for three months, it’s hard.

We’re ready, we’re focused, and we’re trying to get there.

Kelechi Iheanacho

"Now, we need to keep our standard high and keep the philosophy that we’ve had since the start of the season. We just need to finish these four games well.

"It needs focus to get it done and dusted. We’re ready, we’re focused, and we’re trying to get there."

Iheanacho, 23, also reserved praise for manager Rodgers, who since his arrival in 2019, has elevated Leicester into a side competing in the upper reaches of the Premier League table.

The former Manchester City striker also believes the Northern Irishman has had a real impact on his own career and says it is a 'joy' to play under his management.

"He’s a different class," Iheanacho added. "He speaks to everyone and motivates and encourages them. He got me going, to be fair.

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Kelechi Iheanacho
Kelechi Iheanacho

Iheanacho has scored twice in the Premier League since the restart.

"He got everyone going. Whenever I’m playing, I’m free to express myself, so long as I stick to the plan, and it’s just a joy to play under him."

Earlier this month, meanwhile, Jamie Vardy reached the 100-goal mark in the Premier League, joining an illustrious list of players to have also achieved that feat in previous years.

Iheanacho admitted that playing alongside City's No.9 helps him to advance his own development, while he also enjoys the camaraderie which he brings to the team.

"Jamie is a top striker," continued. "He’s one of the best in the Premier League, so congratulations to him. It’s been great working with him and I’ve learned a lot from him.

"Most importantly, he’s a great guy and he’s funny, so I’m happy learning from him."

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