Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers insists Kelechi Iheanacho remains an integral part of the side despite the club’s desire to sign a new striker.
The Foxes are looking to sign a long term replacement for Jamie Vardy, who, at 34, is fast approaching the twilight of his career.
Iheanacho, 24, only has just over a year left on his contract, but there has been talk of a new deal, and that would allow him to play alongside a new man, having shown his quality in working in tandem with Vardy.
“It’s not about being the main guy (to replace Vardy), we’ll always need another striker,” Rodgers said ahead of the Foxes’ clash with runaway leaders Manchester City.
“When players get older, it’s not so much their age, it’s about how they’re performing that dictates how often they’re going to play. I know with Jamie where he’s at, I know his level, I know he’s still got his speed, still got his hunger.
“Moving forward, with Kels there, he’s doing a very good job, but we may need another one, so we can go with two strikers. At this moment in time, and going forward, he’s important for us.”
Rodgers’ men welcome Pep Guardiola’s City to the King Power stadium Saturday as the battle for top four heats up.
With seven goals in his last seven games, Iheanacho will prove to be the main threat against his former club.
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