Oliseh lauds Guardiola for Iheanacho's improvement
EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 12/09/2016
Former Super Eagles captain and coach Sunday Oliseh has praised Manchester City's manager Pep Guardiola for Kelechi Iheanacho's improvement since the Spaniard's arrival at the Etihad from Bayern Munich.
Iheanacho scored one and contributed an assist as Manchester City beat Manchester United in Saturday’s derby, and his stats highlight just how effective he is in front of goal.
His showing in the derby was Iheanacho’s first start of the season, having previously featured as a substitute against Sunderland and Stoke City, while his pressuring of Donald Love helped the Citizens take the lead against the Black Cats in Guardiola’s first match, and he also contributed an assist for Nolito in the demolition of Stoke.
He is already City’s joint-top assists contributor this season, has averaged 1.3 key passes per match and looks set to play a key role in coming matches following Aguero’s three-match ban for violent conduct.
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Oliseh in a message on his official twitter handle after the Manchester derby said: "A Manchester derby to remember ! Quality stuff from both teams & especially the coaches.Every minute was worth it.
"Iheanachor's tactical improvement in a short time under Guardiola is impressive & I am liking it!" Oliseh tweeted.
Iheanacho’s deft header played in De Bruyne for City’s opener in the 15th minute, before the teenage starlet added a second 21 minutes later, finishing from close range after the Belgian’s initial effort had struck the post.
While the Super Eagles star is widely celebrated for his movement, speed and his ingenuity with the ball at his feet, his composure in the final third highlights his class as a poacher -it’s a quality that’s also been backed up by an outrageous Opta stat that sums up the Nigeria international’s prowess in front of goal.
Since making his Premier League bow at the beginning of last season, Iheanacho has scored nine goals from just 13 shots on target, a remarkable ratio and an indicator of his consistency.
The numbers are testament not only to the youngster’s finishing, but also to his excellent decision-making and positioning, and while he will likely drop to the bench when Sergio Aguero returns from his ban, Pep Guardiola will be under no illusion as to the quality of frontman that he has at his disposal.