Saturday May 01, 2021. 09:00
Nigeria international Kelechi Iheanacho would have converted Timo Werner’s missed chance in Chelsea FC’s encounter against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
This is according to legendary Scottish striker Ally McCoist as he reflected on the UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg game which ended in a 1-1 draw in Spain.
Werner missed a close-range chance that was saved by Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and McCoist believes Iheanacho would have scored with ease.
“If you’re in the Real Madrid dressing room, it’s a great save. You’re patting your goalkeeper on the back, saying ‘What a save, kept us in it,’ because it is a good save,” McCoist told talkSPORT.
“But from a Chelsea point of view, when the ball gets headed back to him by Mount, I can see him thinking about it. I can see him thinking about that chance, whereas [Kelechi] Iheanacho doesn’t think about it, if he’s on a run.
“Iheanacho just comes in and doesn’t think about it. He might still miss it, but he just comes in and just goes bang, does it naturally and that’s it.”
Germany international Werner has failed to live up to expectations thus far at Chelsea where he has netted just 11 goals from 45 competitive games having joined the English giants from German side, RB Leipzig, in September 2020.
On the other hand, Iheanacho is enjoying his best season at Leicester City where he has netted 17 goals from 33 games across all competitions thus far this term.
“It might sound a crazy thing to say, I can see a slight split-second hesitancy in Werner and that’s me watching him thinking about it,” the former Rangers FC and Sunderland AFC star continued.
“I think Manchester City look as if they’ve got goals all over the place in their team, whether it’s Foden, Sterling, De Bruyne. I’m not sure Chelsea will have enough goals in the team.
“They’ve clearly got goals in the team, with Mount and Pulisic and boys like that, but I’m not sure they’ve got enough goals in the team, without someone getting them, maybe 15-20.”