Friday May 07, 2021. 16:00
Nigeria international Kelechi Iheanacho has not done enough to be in the mix for the 2020/21 English Premier League Player of the Year award.
This is according to former Leicester City striker Brian Deane, who feels that Iheanacho had a poor first half of the current campaign.
The left-footed striker has been in top form for Leicester since the turn of the year having netted 10 goals in 21 league games thus far this season.
Iheanacho won him the Premier League Player of the month award for the month of March 2021 and he played a key role in helping Leicester reach the 2021 FA Cup final.
However, Deane, who is a former England international, does not expect Iheanacho to be in the conversation for the Player of the Season award.
“Look, every time I see him now, it’s like a different player. You know, some of the goals he’s scoring are just ridiculous,” Deane told The Transfer Tavern.
“He’s put [Jamie] Vardy in, he’s put other people in and he’s playing like a Rolls-Royce at the moment.
“But, no, I don’t think it would be fair to say he’s a Player of the Year [contender],” the 53-year-old, who had two spells with Leeds United continued.
“Given Iheanacho made very little impact during the first half of the campaign, often forced to settle for a role on the bench.
“You can understand why some may feel Player of the Season talk is a bit of a stretch.”
Iheanacho has scored 14 goals for Leicester across all competitions this term which is proving to be his best season in England.