Leicester City head coach, Brendan Rogers, has come out to tell why he picked Ayoze Pérez ahead of Kelechi Iheanacho to start against Stoke City in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Leicester’s goal poacher Jamie Vardy wasn’t available for the game as he was out with a hip problem and the Scott picked Ayoze ahead of the Super Eagles forward to take on Stoke and the Spaniard proved the gaffer right by registering his name on the score sheet as Leicester qualified for the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Rodgers confessed he felt Ayoze was better, during his post-match interview with Leicesterlive.
“I thought he (Ayoze) was excellent,” Rodgers said.
“With Stoke playing with three centre-halves, and three strong centre-halves who are good in the duel, and then with the system they were playing with the three midfield players, we thought we could have a striker who could detach himself from the defenders to give us an extra man in midfield.
“Ryan Shawcross and Harry Souttar and the boys are very strong and very aggressive, so taking one of the players off that forward line and come in and play in midfield, to give us that four versus three.
“Whereas, Kelechi is more a player who plays on the last line and behind it.
“So, I thought Ayo did very well. He deserved his goal and worked very hard.”
Kelechi’s below par performance àgainst Crystal Palace might have been the sole reason that propelled the Scottish tactician to drop him to the bench.