Kelechi Iheanacho gets Rodgers backing after Rohr's statement ahead of Bournemouth clash

Kelechi Iheanacho gets Rodgers backing after Rohr's statement ahead of Bournemouth clash

- Kelechi Iheanacho has been backed by Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers ahead of his side's Premier League clash against Bournemouth

- The Nigerian forward has scored just one English topflight goal this campaign

- Rodgers reveals the 22-year-old has been impressive at the Foxes training in recent times

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Nigerian star Kelechi Iheanacho has shown tremendous improvement since his arrival at the club.

The 22-year-old has scored two goals and created three assists for the Foxes in all competitions this campaign.

He was also left out of the Super Eagles squad that recorded back to back victories over Seychelles and Egypt during the international break this month.

The former Liverpool boss revealed that Iheanacho has shown a "wonderful appetite" for learning at City’s Belvoir Drive training ground, contrary to Gernot Rohr’s criticisms of the star.

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Rohr claims the 22-year-old "must be more professional" and adding that "it’s not good enough to be funny all the time."

Leicester Mercury reports that Rodgers has seen plenty of commitment from the £25 million signing in recent times.

"When I saw him at Manchester City, he was always a young player that could come in and affect the game," said Rodgers ahead of Leicester’s meeting with Bournemouth.

"Then he’s come here with a big price-tag. "From what I’ve seen in training and when I’ve spoken to him, he has shown a wonderful appetite and enthusiasm to get better.

"We have a culture where we want to improve players and make them better and he’s responded very well to that."

The former Man City star has not found the back of the net in about six months for the Foxes, and has not started any of City’s last 15 Premier League games.

"It’s difficult for him because he’s up against one of the best strikers in this league, in Jamie Vardy, so that’s always going to be difficult unless the system changes," said Rodgers.

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"But he’s a great boy to work with and he’ll want to play more I’m sure. At this minute, it’s creating the confidence because he’s scoring goals in training and working very hard and adapting to how we want to play.

"And I’m sure when the time comes, if he gets a chance to play consistently, he will take that chance." earlier reported that Nigerian star Kelechi Iheanacho scored his first Premier League goal of the season in Leicester City 3-1 win over Huddersfield.

It was the Terriers who went in front through Mathias Jorgensen in the opening five minutes courtesy of fine assist from Laurent Depoitre.

The Foxes responded in the 19th minute after a swift counter attacking move found the Super Eagles striker who was on hand to score with Jamie Vardy providing the assist to make it 1-1. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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