Saying goodbye? Iheanacho gestures to the Manchester City fans during a game. Will he be saying goodbye to them in the summer?
Kelechi Iheanacho should leave Manchester City because Pep Guardiola does not believe in him and has made it clear on several occasions, writes the Manchester Evening News (M.E.N).
The Nigeria international has struggled for game time at the Etihad this season despite having an impressive goals record, and has been linked with a move away from the club in the summer, something that the M.E.N believe is the right move for the player.
“Pep Guardiola joked earlier this season that Kelechi Iheanacho needed a new coach if he wanted more game time,” the opening paragraph reads.
“Nine months since the Nigerian committed to Manchester City until 2021, it is increasingly difficult to find a good reason for him not to take his manager's advice.Read more: Off he goes! Iheanacho nears Man City exit
“His selection in the Manchester derby back in September appeared a significant moment in his career initially.
“He scored in the 2-1 win to end United's 100 per cent record and earn a start in the next league game against Bournemouth, which he also scored in.
“Just three more starts have followed though, the last of those coming on January 2.”
The 20-year old has also gone from being the club’s brightest prospect to being completely left out of City’s matchday squads following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus, and the M.E.N writes that the warning signs have been there all along.
“From being one of the most exciting prospects, the arrival of Gabriel Jesus has more or less shunted Iheanacho out of matchday squads completely and he looks certain to end this season with fewer starts and goals than last year, when it felt like Manuel Pellegrini was holding him back.
“The warning signs were even there for the derby game in September when the manager suggested his selection was more about the symbolism of a striker and that Iheanacho was ‘the only striker we had in that moment’.
“In January, his absence from squads was explained by saying City hadn't created many chances "for this kind of player".
“In short, Guardiola doesn't value what the 20-year-old can offer.
“That shouldn't read as a slight on either - Sergio Aguero also learned that goals are not enough in this coach's teams.”