Leicester 4-1 Tottenham: 3 things we learned

Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) /
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Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) /

There are few things sweeter for Foxes fans than watching their beloved Leicester City beat Tottenham Hotspur. Three things do better that feeling, though: annihilating, embarrassing and taking them to pieces. Here are the key things Foxes of Leicester learned:

Kelechi Iheanacho is the new No.9 and should be for good

Kelechi is on fire! In the last two games, the Nigerian International has scored two goals and assisted three whilst causing opposition defenders plenty of problems. He has capitalised on playing against a defence that lacked discipline and structure. Tottenham were alarmingly bad and Iheanacho was chief tormentor.

The revelation for City supporters is that we have been frequently told and shown by Brendan Rodgers that Kelechi cannot play as a No.9 in the same way the legendary Jamie Vardy has led the front line for the last ten years off the shoulder of defenders. But against Spurs, Kelechi showed the way to play as a false-nine to expert effect: he came short to bring others into play, won aerial challenges, pulled into wide spaces to stretch the defence and crucially posed an attacking threat.

The Nigeria international is forming a formidable partnership with star man James Maddison who he played in to cooly slot home. On half-time, the former embarrassed a panicked Eric Dier before slotting a perfect finish into the bottom corner past Fraser Forster. In the second half, Iheanacho placed a header over and played Harvey Barnes in for a goal that was – in my completely bias opinion – wrongly chalked off for offside. On 77 minutes the striker was substituted to a rousing reception and a whole stadium joining in a chorus of how magic he is.

It is possible that Iheanacho has been underestimated by his last couple of opponents, who are still trying to work out this new look Leicester Against a team that decides to sit in deep against the foxes he may find the going trickier. But with both Vardy and Patson Daka struggling in all areas this season, Kelechi offers the best option to break down stubborn opponents. Brendan Rodgers needs to keep faith with the 26-year-old for the rest of the season in this formation, through good times and bad. If he doesn’t, the in form attacker would rightfully ask his agent if LCFC is the right place for his future.