Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has pitied Nigerian international Kelechi Iheanacho for his lack of regular playing times this season in the Premier League.
The arrival of injured Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus also played a significant role in Iheanacho's lack of playing times as City's manager Pep Guardiola prefer Jesus and Sergio Aguero up front.
Many football pundits are of the opinion that Iheanacho's future at the Etihad stadium is now uncertain, but Guardiola has assured his time would come.
“Kelechi now isn’t playing for the last games. It’s a pity for him because he’s another guy -- all the African guys I train in my life always they are amazing how they are like professionals in the training sessions.
“But I like normally one striker, not two. Of course, when Sergio [Aguero] 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 explained.
The 20-year-old Iheanacho has not featured for Manchester City since appearing as a substitute in a 4-0 loss to Everton on January 15, 2017.