Kelechi Iheanacho could spend more time on the bench of Manchester City unless he improves on certain areas according to manager Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City FA replay tie against Huddersfield on Wednesday evening, was largely believed to be the game where Iheanacho will finally be handed a chance to force himself back into the plans of the coach but that appears not to be the case.
Speaking ahead of the match, Guardiola said: “Kelechi now isn’t playing for the last games. It’s a pity for him.
“But I like normally one striker, not two. Of course, when Sergio was injured, players play the game. But then Gabriel came and Sergio didn’t play, so the space is what it is.
“But it is going to happen this situation with Gabriel so Sergio can’t play all the games and, of course, he [Iheanacho] is going to help us.”
Guardiola also said Iheanacho didn’t need to impress him to get back into the team: “I know his quality,” the manager added. “I know, of course, he’s young and has a lot of things to improve – especially in winning duels and be strong in some positions.
“But he’s a guy who, in the boxes, is really good. He likes to come a little bit out of the box to play, but arriving at the right tempo and attacking the first post is amazing.
“So, as a guy, he doesn’t need many, many chances to score a goal.”