Former Golden Eaglets head coach who led Kelechi Iheanacho to win U17 World Cup in 2013, Manu Garba has warned the Leicester City striker not to go back to Manchester City.
Garba’s advise comes from speculation that City intend to activate the buy back clause on Iheanacho following his excellent form at Leicester.
In an interview with completesports.com, Garba said: “Kelechi should reject Man City and continue his development in Leicester City under coach Brendan Rogers who revived his career. I doubt if Pep Guadiola will give him the kind of playing time he is enjoying under Rogers, if he makes the switch back to Etihad.
“I am not surprised by his scintillating form which has seen him win the EPL player of the month award and notched 14 goals for the third placed Leicester and reached the FA Cup final. I have always believed that Kelechi is very talented and that if properly guided, he would become a world class forward.
“He has just begun to be the world class player I predicted he would be. Kelechi is still far from the big player we thought he would be. The world has yet to see his best. He didn’t become a hit early enough because he lost focus on getting to England, but he has retraced his step and on the right path to glory.”
Garba who also coached Kelechi at FIFA Under-20 World cup, added: “With Leicester City, Kelechi has added creativity to his game and he gives good assists to his co- striker more regularly now. He is now a player oozing with confidence and self-belief. If he remains focused and keep his form, I know bigger clubs will come for him, but certainly Man City under Guadiola no good for him.”
On Iheanacho’s inability to replicate his goalscoring form in Super Eagles, Garba said:
“it is because the Eagles hardly have enough time to train together before matches,” Garba said.
“I believe the national team coaches will get to know that his best position is support striker when they have long camping”.
Iheanacho left Manchester City to join Leicester City in 2017.