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Kelechi Iheanacho Scores in First League Game of 2021

Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, marked his first Premier League minutes in 2021 with a fine goal that saw Leicester City return to winning ways in their 2-0 victory over relegation-strugglers Fulham.

The 24-year-old had not made a single league appearance since his horrific missed penalty against Crystal Palace on December 28 which cost the Foxes two valuable points.

He was called to replace injured marksman Jamie Vardy, who is recovering from a hernia surgery, and took his chances well by bulleting home a pitch of a cross from playmaker, Jamie Vardy, to give Leicester the lead 17th minute.

There was however minimal celebration from the player scoring his first league goal since July 2020 as he dropped to his knees and pointed to the skies. This could explain Iheanacho’’s stance towards his limited game time this season.

The other goal was scored by versatile full-back James Justin, from another Madisson assist.

On the losing side, however were defenders Tosin Adarabioyo, Ola Aina and Ademola Lookman. Tosin could only watch as Iheanacho drifted in between him and his defensive partner to head home unmarked while Aina had a uneventful but uninspiring day out.

Ademola Lookman was unusually quiet in the first half of proceedings, limited to less than 30 touches as majority of the cottagers’ attacks came down the right hand flank.

Josh Maja and Wilfred Ndidi were both missing as the latter is recuperating from an injury while the aforementioned is settling in after a late move from Bordeaux.

The result saw Leicester return to the top 4 in 3rd, 5 points behind leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand, while Fulham will be hoping for a miracle to play in the topflight next season, as they sit 7 points below safety in 17.

 

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