BY GODWIN AIKIGBE
Leicester City are getting Kelechi Iheanacho involved in more games to be fit for Premier League matches.
It is for this reason the Nigeria striker was involved in a match with the U23 on Monday against West Ham United, scoring the opening goal in their 3-1 win at King Power Stadium.
Head coach of the U23, Yohan Benalouane shared this view after fielding the former Manchester City player in the game alongside other first team players Eldin Jakupovic, Robert Huth and new signing Vicente Iborra.
Beaglehole said his young players will have benefitted greatly from playing alongside the senior pros.
“They were three great goals and the attitude of the senior players was terrific,” Beaglehole told LCFC TV .
“It was terrific to see Kelechi and Vinny (Iborra), they both look like quality recruitments. They both looked real quality players and needed the game for fitness.
“We got a lot out of it because our young players have learnt a lot from playing within that framework of the team.
“It doesn’t always do that. Under-23s coaches will tell you that sometimes you can have too much experience out there and it doesn’t work that way, but tonight it did.
“The experience that the senior players had brought calmness to the team.”
A toe problem has limited the £25million signing to just 20 first-team minutes this season but after a stand-out display in the under-23s’ win, he could play a key role when City visit the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.