Highly informed Manchester City insider Simon Bajkowski says Manchester City Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho should leave the club permanently this summer.
Iheanacho has not featured regularly for City this season as manager Pep Guardiola prefers other strikers ahead of the Nigerian, who signed a new contract till the summer of 2021 nine months ago.
Bajkowski believes the manager played a role in stifling the 20 year old, who has been severally shut out of the matchday squads this season, and looks set to end the season with fewer starts and goals than last year, when many felt former manager Manuel Pellegrini was holding him back.
“In January, his absence from squads was explained by saying City hadn’t created many chances “for this kind of player”, he wrote in his column.
“In short, Guardiola doesn’t value what the 20-year-old can offer, Yaya Toure has forced his way back into the team, Aleks Kolarov and Jesus Navas have surprised in new positions and Fernandinho has popped up in most areas of the pitch.
“That has not happened with Iheanacho despite absences for Aguero and Jesus, which suggests a permanent move would be better for him than a loan. Better for the player to take his talent elsewhere to a team that does suit his playing style. A clinical finisher, Iheanacho should not have a problem finding a top team”.