Kelechi Iheanacho was handed a starting shirt for Leicester City by coach Claude Puel in place of first-choice striker Jamie Vardy who is injured, but the Nigerian striker made a poor impression early in the game as he saw a great goalscoring chance in the second minute of the Premier League match against Fulham saved by Sergio Rico.
Puel commented on the missed glorious opportunity which could have changed the course of the game at Craven Cottage which ended in a 1-1 draw, saying that Iheanacho’s failure to convert the early chance affected the Nigerian’s confidence for the rest of what he described as a difficult match which either side could have won.
He said, “After his first chance he lacked a little confidence to move and create other situations. I’m happy about our mentality to fight and try to win but today we had a lot of difficulties. I think it was a normal draw. Any team could have won or lost this game. We had good chances, particularly in the first half.” The Leicester City coach added, “We played a good team, who did well against Chelsea and Southampton. We were up and down in the game and we needed to manage it more. I would like to congratulate my players for coming back, which is a good thing for our mentality. We believed in ourselves and that’s a good sign for the future.”
Despite Iheanacho’s miss, he looks set to stay in the starting line-up for the Foxes when third place Tottenham Hotspur visit the King Power Stadium this Saturday as Puel remains unsure if Vardy would be available for the tough encounter. “I don’t know, we will see. We will adapt in the few days before the game,” Puel said of Vardy.
Leicester City currently occupy the ninth spot in the Premier League table with 22 points, one point behind three teams including Manchester United in eighth place following a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.