By Tony Ubani, with Agency reports
Kelechi Iheanacho’s star performance against Stoke has earned him praise from Super Eagles Coach Salisu Yusuf.
Iheanacho scored a brace and was responsible for winning the penalty that Sergio Aguero converted for City’s second.
Yusuf, elated by the teenager’s performance said that the boy has come of age and would be an asset for the Super Eagles.
“Iheanacho is doing great which is a good sign for the national team,” Salisu said.
“Playing well for top clubs like City despite the young age shows that he has come of age in the game.
“Iheanacho has showed signs of what he can do when given the opportunity with the national team, and I can say here that people are going to see more of him and other young players in the Super Eagles’’, Salisu noted.
Meanwhile, the Manchester City striker is already dreaming of facing star-studded Real Madrid in the Champions League tomorrow in Etihad.
He is is not expected to be included in Manuel Pellegrini’s starting XI for Tuesday’s Champions League semi final first leg.
But his two goals against Stoke on Saturday proved what an asset he could be from the bench. The 19-year-old has scored 11 goals since breaking into City’s first team this season – prompting Pellegrini to identify him as one of the rising stars who could shine under incoming manager Pep Guardiola. And ahead of Real and the prospect of facing Zinedine Zidane’s Galacticos, Iheanacho said: “I think I should dream about that because it’s a great team to dream about.
“It would be a dream come true to play against them.
“I think I’ll be happy when I play against them.”
Iheanacho hopes his performance in the 4-0 win against Stoke will force him into Pellegrini’s thinking against Real.