Kylian Mbappe. Marcus Rashford. Kasper Dolberg. Gabriel Jesus. There are a handful of tantalizingly good young forwards plying their trade across Europe these days, and Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho, on talent and production, deserves a place on the list with the aforementioned youngsters.
Both West Ham United and Everton are considering a move for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, sources have told ESPN FC.
Iheanacho has found first-team opportunities limited following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus in January and could fall further down the pecking order with coach Pep Guardiola keen to add Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez to his squad.
Just 20 years old, the Nigerian international has 25 goals and 12 assists in his 70 appearance City career, but has fallen to the bottom of Pep Guardiola’s depth chart thanks to the presence of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
We spoke to our colleague Renato Gonçalves from Bitter and Blue to get the lowdown on Iheanacho.
Iheanacho is one of the most promising strikers in the Premier League, and yet he's not good enough for Manchester City. Fans adore him since his amazing debut with a late game-winner at Palace two seasons ago, and the kid is an absolute killer in the box.
If he's close to the goal, he will score. Problem is his first touch is awful, his movement isn't great and he's much better as a sub in meaningless games instead of a starter you can trust in big matches.
Still, he's got an amazing future and he needs to play every week to develop his skills and work on his weaknesses. He actually reminds me of Lukaku in terms of his physicality and scoring prowess, and with a full Premier League season starting every week he can become a beast of a striker. I wouldn't sell him for just 20M because of his potential, but I do see him leaving.
We have Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Agüero and there's just no spot for Kelechi. At a place like Everton with a coach like Koeman who likes young talent, he'll have the opportunities to make an impact, especially if Lukaku leaves.
The Citizens’ rumored asking price is around £20 million, which is decidedly fair for a player of Iheanacho’s capability. At 6’1, he provides similar pace and power to Lukaku, despite having yet to unlock all of his immense potential.
If Lukaku does leave, the ideal solution would be for Ronald Koeman and company to bring in both an established number 9, and a young star to mould for the future, much like the Belgian was when initially brought on loan to Goodison Park.
Iheanacho can both contribute in a starting role and would represent an immense piece of the puzzle that is Everton’s long term future. In short, this transfer would be a no brainer.