By John Essien
Leicester City Manager, Brendan Rodgers claims finding the right balance in the attack is the reason Nigerian international, Kelechi Iheanacho has not started a game for the Foxes this season.
Iheanacho who has joined his national team for the international break, played a vital role in Leicester’s FA Cup triumph and Europa League qualification last term, scoring 17 goals in all competitions.
Iheanacho along with Jamie Vardy, and Harvey Barnes finished as City’s top three marksmen last season, finishing with 49 goals between them.
His late flurry last term saw him depose Vardy as the team’s top scorer for the time in six years, with his goals coming after Barnes was ruled out with injury for the final few months of the campaign.
But with the England winger fit again, Iheanacho has returned to the bench.
Speaking about Iheanacho’s limited game time this season, Rogers said it’s not easy to fit City’s best attacking talents together, while adding that he has to consider saving players to make an impact from the bench.
“We’ve got lots of good players but you have to find the right balance in the team,” Rodgers said.
“This season has only just started, we had the Wembley game and Kels came into that and made a great impact. The Wolves game we won, and the other night (against West Ham) he came into the game.
“This is a long, long season, and we’ll need all the players. Kels knows his importance but it’s not easy when you’ve got a number of good attacking players.
“It’s not just about the team that’s starting, you’re always thinking about the team that can give that impact off the bench as well.
“And when we have that availability, that’s always something that gives you great comfort as a manager. Whether he starts or whether he comes off the bench, we know he can make an impact,” he added.