Iheanacho Battle Kane, Mahrez for EPL Player of the Month

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Five goals in three top-flight appearances have earned Kelechi Iheanacho a place in the eight-man shortlist for the English Premier League Player of the Month for March 2021.

The Nigeria international was productive offensively this month, scoring 62.5 percent of the goals netted by Leicester City in the Premier League and helping the King Power Stadium outfit register two wins and one draw.

Iheanacho is up against Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jesse Lingard (West Ham United), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Illan Meslier (Leeds United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United) and Leandro Trossard (Brighton & Hove) for the monthly accolade.

The Foxes number 14 started the month with a crucial equaliser as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley and he followed that up by scoring another equaliser at Brighton, before netting his first Premier League hat-trick in a 5-0 rout of Sheffield United.

Iheanacho will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Jay-Jay Okocha, Peter Odemwingie and Odion Ighalo who have won the Premier League Player of the Month awards in the past.

The votes from the public will be combined with those of the 20 club captains and a panel of football experts to decide the winner, who will be revealed next week.

The Taye Academy product is currently on international duty with the Super Eagles before Leicester City’s next Premier League game against his former club Manchester City on April 3, 2021.