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Bilic and the striker that got away – THANKFULLY!

IheanachoWho remembers the name Kelechi Iheanacho?

For those with shorter memories he was the young man West Ham were supposedly set to sign as their main striker way back in the summer.

Without most of us having seen him or heard about him, his 22 goals for Manchester City over two seasons made him a ‘must have’ player for the Irons and all hell broke loose when Slaven Bilic put the block on it.

The manager’s argument was that at City – surrounded by good players – he may look a better player than was actually the case and instead he waited for another to come along with a proven pedigree in Chicharito.

We got him for £16 million whilst Iheanacho was priced up at £25m!

Okay, we know the Chicharito thing hasn’t worked out too well thus far but that’s for another discussion which has probably been held anyway.

Back to the point and watching Leicester City last night against West Brom seemed to suggest that on Iheanacho at least Bilic had got it right.

The boy has played six games in a blue shirt, failing to find the net as the Foxes have gathered just three points from three draws in their last six games.

That also tells a tale of second season syndrome suffered by managers such as Craig Shakespeare and our own boss but time is on their side at least.

I dread to think what would have been happening on the forums had we bought Iheanacho and he’d experienced the same sort of start with us as he has in the east midlands.

And remember there was a buy back clause involved from Manchester City. Thankfully, on what we saw last night which included a booking, he was the one that got away.

All that remains now is for Bilic to find a way of getting the very best out of  Chicharito !



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7 comments on “Bilic and the striker that got away – THANKFULLY!

  1. I thought the same thing watching him (Iheanacho) last night with his first touch as subtle as a Hollywood movie producer……

    But I will take exception to Chicharito ‘hasn’t worked out too well’ …. what??
    He’s leading scorer on the team, and when played in the right role/position with others around him who can pass…….. well let’s just see how he and the Argentinian maestro Lanzinin get on?

  2. You’re only as good as the players and manager around you ! Given the right service inheancho will score goals as he did for city and from the bench most of the time lol.
    Pretty much like us ? The pea ain’t getting the service or chances in the box due to bilic and his game plans and tactics ?
    Inheancho was moaning like fek at the service he was getting !
    But we still paid 20 mill for ayew 💩. 😉

  3. Bilic turned down Chris Woods also, he’s not doing to bad is he? But he’s got a decent manager..

  4. The other Leicester striker who I wanted us to go for was Slimani he looked pretty decent last night from what I heard anyway, yep Chris Wood has done pretty well, it is a gamble though coming up from the championship and he isn’t a spring chicken which would have added to the risk.

  5. And now Shakespeare has been sacked…

  6. Well it never really was To Be 😂

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