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Rodgers speaks on reasons for Iheanacho’s lack of game time


Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers has opened up on the reasons for Iheanacho’s recent lack of game time for the Foxes.

Rodgers revealed that the inability of Iheanacho to fit into the team’s new playing style is the reason he has spent more time on the bench for Leicester this term.

It would be recalled that during the 2020/21 season, theanacho benefitted from the manager’s 4-4-2 formation which helped him have more playing time, recording 24 starts in 39 appearances.

And despite emerging as the Foxes’ highest goalscorer last season with 19 goals and nine assists in 39 appearances, the erstwhile Manchester City forward has been reduced to the bench role and have made just eight starts in all competitions this season.

Rodgers revealed that the switch to the 4-2-3-1 formation has been a big factor in Iheanacho’s limited time for action, while he described the Super Eagles star as a part of a strike pairing.

“I think we’ve said it before: he’s best in a two, that’s clear, that’s when he’s been really good,” Rodgers said.

“He’s training well, he’s a great professional, Kels, and he knows he’s going to feature over the course of this period at some point.

“It’s not the goalscoring that’s been an issue for us. We’ve created chances, we’ve scored goals, and scored enough goals to win games.

“My immediate concern is more getting that collective back, and getting that solidity into the team again and knowing that all of these guys will get a chance to play at some point.”

Iheanacho has only saw 54 minutes of action in The Foxes’ last six matches and his limited game time is believed to be due to the return of Harvey Barnes from injury and the arrival of Patson Daka from Salzburg.

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