Iheanacho Stars as City Hammer Stoke


Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho was Manchester City’s best player in the 4-0 win over Stoke City in the Barclays English Premier League yesterday.

The 19-year-old Nigerian won a penalty and scored twice as the Citizens thumped the Potters in comprehensive style at the Etihad Stadium.

He won the penalty in the 42nd minute as his turn of pace following a give and go with Yaya Toure hoodwinked the Stoke captain, Ryan Shawcross who was left with the option of wrestling the exciting starlet to the ground.

Sergio Aguero converted the spot kick to give City a 2-0 lead after Fernando had given the hosts the lead in the 35th minute. Iheanacho then truly sparked into life after the interval with two intelligently-taken goals to put the game to bed.

His first in the 64th minute was a well-controlled finish from eight yards following a brilliant low cross by Pablo Zabaletta from the right. He was then played in by strike partner, Wilfried Bony in the 74th minute before he proceeded to do the hard work, rounding the Stoke goalkeeper, Jakob Haugaard and planting emphatically into an unguarded net.

Yesterday was Iheanacho’s fourth senior career start in the league for City but he has weighed in with five goals. He has scored 13 goals in all competitions for City this season.