It’s safe to assume that Manchester City will be in the market for a new striker this summer.
Sergio Aguero’s contract expires this summer and may leave on a free transfer, whilst Gabriel Jesus has yet to really show that he can be City’s number one goalscorer.
Fans are dreaming of a deal for Erling Haaland, but that could take some tough negotiating with Borussia Dortmund – something which wouldn’t be needed for Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho.
Now, of course Iheanacho isn’t in the same bracket as Haaland – far from it. Yet he is now giving City something to think about ahead of the summer window.
The 24-year-old hit a superb brace against Manchester United on Sunday, meaning he has now scored nine goals in his last nine outings for the Foxes.
That’s now 12 for the season for Iheanacho, and something just seems to be clicking for him at the King Power Stadium after nearly four years of blowing hot and cold.
This is Iheanacho’s best goal return since leaving City in 2017, and he is starting to show signs that he is becoming the player City fans were dreaming of back in his time at the Etihad Stadium.
The Nigerian can be re-signed by City for £50million thanks to a buy-back clause in his deal, and whilst he wouldn’t be a big-name capture, he could provide another goalscoring option for Guardiola.
City and Guardiola face the dilemma of whether to press ahead with other, more difficult targets, or whether to gamble on Iheanacho continuing his rapid development.
A summer move would still be something of a surprise, but if Iheanacho keeps scoring at this rate, City won’t be able to ignore their former striker.