More to come from Iheanacho, father boasts ‎

Kelechi Iheanacho

One man who certainly believes in the abilities of Manchester City youngster, Kelechi Iheanacho, is his father, James.

The 20-year-old probably wouldn’t have gotten to the level he is presently if not for his dad who advised him to move to the Etihad instead of FC Porto in 2013.

At that time, James was heavily criticised by many Nigerians who they claimed was after his selfish interest and not that of his son.

Three years after, Iheanacho is one of Europe’s brightest prospects and has since played his way into City’s first team with unbelievable performances in the Premier League.

“I was close to signing for FC Porto, where I really wanted to go. But my agent said City was a much better prospect and my father told me I should join City because I would have a much better future here. So that’s what I did,” Iheanacho revealed.

“Nobody knows what will happen but because City are such a big team with so many fantastic players I didn’t believe I’d have a future here. But my father did and he gave me to confidence I needed. Now I’m happy I took his advice.”

Iheanacho’s reputation has catapulted in the last one year – a feat which earned him an improved contract from Pep Guardiola – making him the highest earning Nigerian in the English topflight.

His exploits has also been transferred to the Super Eagles where he has scored 4 goals in just six caps.

However, his dad is confident there’s still more to come from the left-footed forward in the future.

“I am happy he scored again for the national team but he can do more. We are yet to see the best of him,” his dad told Allnigeriasoccer.

“Kelechi is ready to score in every game he enters the pitch.”

He added: “He is back in England; he came back with the team from Zambia but went back on Monday.”

Iheanacho could return to City’s starting line-up on Saturday against Everton.