Jesus’ Arrival Challenges Iheanacho’s Man City Future
6 December 2016 Sport
The future of Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho at Manchester City could be thrown into serious doubt when new signing, Brazilian striker – Gabriel Jesus arrives in January.
Jesus, a £27m summer acquisition is one of five players Pep Guardiola signed to bolster his squad this season.
The other new Manchester City’s new signings are John Stones, Leroy Sane, Nolito and Ilkay Gundogan)
And Jesus’ arrival could see Iheanacho’s position as back-up for Sergio Aguero at City usurped by the Brazilian international who is a recognised forward but that depends on how well Jesus acclimatises to the Premier League.
The 19-year-old Jesus scored 12 goals and provided five assists in 26 appearances for Palmeiras who won the Brazilian title for the eight time this season.
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Iheanacho who has scored three goals in nine games this season in the EPL has already been linked with a move to Tottenham in January and though those rumours were denied by his father, it seems impossible that Guardiola will be able to provide consistent first-team football for both young forwards.
Iheanacho who was on the bench for City’s last three games prior to his cameo appearance in Saturday’s defeat to Chelsea could make his seventh appearance for City in the UEFA Champions League against Celtic, with their place in the last 16 already guaranteed.
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Manchester City are fourth in the Premier League table having picked up just 12 points from their last eight games.