Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is set to sign a new and improved contract, according to reports in Manchester Evening News this week.
The talented 19-year-old Nigerian, whose rapid rise into the first-team has been excellent to see – netted 14 goals and created five assists across all competitions, including eight in the Premier League, despite having only made a handful of appearances, most of which were from the substitutes’ bench.
Pep set to give Kelechi regular minutes
It is understood that incoming manager Pep Guardiola is prepared to give him more minutes in the senior set-up next term, considering his rapid development and the way he has handled himself both on and off-the-pitch. Maintaining a hard-working attitude and an encouraging work ethic, the striker is expected to sign on improved terms – his current contract expires in the summer of 2019.
Having been introduced to first-team action properly by Manuel Pellegrini, the experienced Chilean was understandably cautious to avoid pushing Kelechi too far, too soon. With that being said though, his consistent performances meant he was a reliable and effective attacking option to choose from the substitutes’ bench, in some of City’s important fixtures where he was not picked to start – such as their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.