MX23RW : Tuesday, June 15 03:53:11| >> :120:71716:71716:

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers talks up Kelechi Iheanacho

The Nigeria international has scored three goals in his last six appearances.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has spoken of Kelechi Iheanacho's importance to the Foxes following the forward's superb goal against Burnley on Wednesday.

Iheanacho equalised in the 1-1 draw at Turf Moor with a wonderful volleyed effort just after the half-hour mark.

It was the Nigeria international's third goal in his last six appearances in all competitions – another was the winner in last month's 1-0 FA Cup victory over Brighton, who Leicester face at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Iheanacho has started injury-hit Leicester's last two league games and four of their last six having only started two prior to that this season.

When asked how significant the 24-year-old could be for the remaining matches this term, Rodgers said: "He is very important.

"It was a brilliant goal, the technique in that goal (on Wednesday) was outstanding, and he always gives everything to the game when he plays.

"He works so hard and has scored some very important goals for us this season, and in particular of late. His importance is clearly there."

The FA Cup result was Leicester's second victory over Brighton this term, having also won 3-0 against them at home in December.

Graham Potter's 16th-placed Seagulls head into Saturday's contest winless in four league games and having suffered back-to-back defeats.

A 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace was followed by Saturday's 1-0 reverse at West Brom, in which Potter's side missed two penalties, as well as seeing skipper Lewis Dunk's effort from a quick free-kick disallowed, then given, then disallowed again.

Rodgers said: "We know it's a very difficult game. Despite their results, the performance level is very good.

"I've been really impressed by Graham's work since he's been there and the game model he has tried to implement within his team.

"They have nice confidence with the ball, the positioning game is good, they circulate the ball at good speed, they get good numbers going forward and they want to attack the game.

"We'll be ready and prepared for a tough game.

"They know they had chances to win the games (against West Brom), they missed two penalties – forget about the free-kick, they will be thinking they could have won the game with opportunities and the penalties.

"Footballers nowadays and managers and staff, you've got to get on with it, and they've had a good, full week to prepare, and will be motivated I'm sure to get the win at home."

Third-placed Leicester have seven players unavailable for Saturday's fixture due to injury – Harvey Barnes, James Maddison, Ayoze Perez, Dennis Praet, Jonny Evans, James Justin and Wes Morgan.

ID:437962: cacheID:437962:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:4820:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring their second goal in the Europa League on February 18, 2021
Read Next:
Friday's paper talk: Bruno Fernandes, Ibrahima Konate, Jorginho
>

rhs 2.0
Euro 2020 fixtures
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
 
8pm
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
 
5pm
Friday, June 18, 2021
 
2pm
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City38275683325186
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd382111673442974
3Liverpool38209968422669
4Chelsea381910958362267
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham381981162471565
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs381881268452362
8Arsenal381871355391661
9Leeds UnitedLeeds38185156254859
10Everton38178134748-159
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
15Southampton38127194768-2143
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
17Burnley38109193355-2239
RFulham38513202753-2628
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!