Kelechi Iheanacho will fight his way back into Pep Guardiola’s plans – despite the arrival of Gabriel Jesus, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr insists.
Rohr revealed he has spoken with the 20-year-old striker, who has been left out of Manchester City’s last four matchday squads.
He’s only started nine games all season – four in the Premier League – and that is despite Sergio Aguero missing seven games through suspension.
While Aguero’s position has come under scrutiny following Jesus’ stunning start to his City career – the impact on Iheanacho’s first team chances has been largely overlooked.
File: Iheanacho scores against Crystal Place
But Rohr is convinced the forward has the mental strength to rise to the challenge.
“I am sure Kelechi will come back to this team,” Rohr told Africanfootball.com. “He’s a fighter, he has a good fighting spirit.
“This player is a good athlete and he has a good mind. I have spoken with him and he will come back.
“He’s a young player, so sometimes he plays, sometimes he doesn’t. And for a big club like Manchester City, you can’t play all the time. I believe he will come back to play for City again.”
Guardiola has unveiled his new-look forward line of Jesus, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling in recent weeks – describing it as the ‘future’.