Coach Gernot Rohr has given reasons for the recent struggles of Kelechi Iheanacho in the national team, and suggested that the ideal approach to utilise the Nigerian star is to play him in the exact role he plays for Leicester City.
This is following calls by a section of Nigerian football fans for the 25-year old to be played as a number ten. The Franco-German manager however believes it is best for him to plays as a supporting striker in the Super Eagles.
Rohr while fielding questions from Elegbete TV, revealed that the most suitable role for the former Manchester City forward is to have him play behind a striker upfront.
“We use Kelechi like he is used in Leicester, like a second striker,”
“He is playing with Vardy, but he is not starting so much, actually, yeah.”
“He is coming in but not playing all the time.”
“But we try to give him the same opportunity like what he is used to with his club.”
“That’s what we try all the time with the players.”
“We had Osimhen, not Vardy, and Kelechi was the second striker, coming sometimes from behind, taking the ball, giving decisive passes like he is doing in his club more and more.”
“He even gives decisive passes than he scores goals, actually.”
Meanwhile, Leicester City boss,Rodgers, had previously stated that Iheanacho’s best position is playing behind the top nine, and the Franco-German gaffer agrees.