The final whistle rang out as Leicester wrapped up their final away game for the 18/19 campaign.
While Kompany’s 70th minute strike gave the Sky Blues a win, Leicester’s best chance to level the score came with Kelechi Iheanacho, with the former City forward replacing James Maddison with 10 minutes to go.
Iheanacho, who swapped the blue side of Manchester for the Foxes in a £25 million deal in the summer of 2017, was through on goal in the dying minutes of the game, but his effort went well wide of Ederson’s goal.
There is talk that this missed chance could cost Liverpool the title as it ensured City remain ahead of the Scousers. Surely, a player who misses a golden chance such as this cannot be worth £25 million. There are calls for the young forward to leave this summer, because clearly, two years on, the move has not worked for both parties.
As a teenager, and up until his switch to the King Power Stadium, Kelechi Promise Iheanacho looked to be one of Man City’s assets, a promising striker who offers both pace and power. The buy-back clause in his deal certainly indicated that even as City couldn’t promise him a starting role, they had faith in him to shine elsewhere.
Alas, Iheanacho’s form for the Foxes has not reached the heights many hoped it would, as then manager Craig Shakespeare sought to find a back-up for Jamie Vardy. In 30 Premier League appearances and 926 minutes on the pitch this term, the Nigerian forward has only contributed one goal and four assists.
What is more astonishing is how Iheanacho was dropped for the game against his former side in December at the King Power, which the Foxes won 2-1 courtesy of goals from Marc Albrighton and Ricardo Pereira. In the teams’ recent meeting at the Etihad, his highlights included a foul on Gabriel Jesus and a missed chance that could jeopardize Liverpool’s title charge going into the final match day.
For a side who find themselves ninth in the standings, Leicester City have clearly struggled since their dream 15/16 campaign. Kelechi Iheanacho then, is one of those young talents who has struggled to deliver, as the likes of Harvey Barnes, Hamza Choudhary and James Maddison have had remarkable performances this season.
However, at just 22 years old, Iheanacho has time to prove himself and with Brendan Rodgers at the helm, next season can only be better for the forward.