Young Nigeria forward Kelechi Iheanacho says he is ready to take on the responsibility of leading Manchester City’s attack, following the four-game suspension of first choice striker Sergio Aguero.
Speaking after scoring a superb goal for the English heavyweights in their 1:1 draw with Scottish champions Celtic in a UEFA Champions League match on Tuesday night, the rising Super Eagles star vowed to work hard for the team to get the wins they need.
Iheanacho faces games against fellow Nigeria international at Leicester City, where Ahmed Musa plays, at the weekend, Watford, where there are Odion Ighalo and Isaac Success, and Arsenal, where international strike partner Alex Iwobi plays. The fourth game will be against Hull City.
I have a responsibility to be the striker for the team, replacing Sergio when he is not around, Iheanacho told reporters.
I have to prove myself, give my best and work hard for the team and make sure we get the wins we need.
Meanwhile the 20-year-old’s goal in the eighth minute cancelled out a fourth minute opener by the visiting Scots. Admirably, it was his 13th goal in 18 starts for the club and he thanked his teammates for their support.
It was a tough game today. They are a very good side with quality players. We are pleased to get the draw but it was not the result we were looking for, said Iheanacho.
It was a great goal and a good response from our team collectively. I thank my team-mates because they put the effort in to give me the ball to score.