The ideal approach to utilise Kelechi Iheanacho, according to Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, is to put him in the exact role he plays for Leicester City.

The ideal approach to utilise Kelechi Iheanacho, according to Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, is to put him in the exact role he plays for Leicester City.

Some have suggested that Iheanacho should play as a number 10 in order to get the best out of him while playing for the Super Eagles.

Rohr however believes it is best for him to play as a supporting striker, as he does for Leicester City at club level.

Rodgers previously stated that Iheanacho’s best position is playing behind the top nine, and the Franco-German gaffer agrees.

“We use Kelechi like he is used in Leicester, like a second striker,” Rohr said in a Q&A with Elegbete TV. 

“He is playing with Vardy, but he is not starting so much, actually, yeah.”

“He is coming in but not playing all the time.”

“But we try to give him the same opportunity like what he is used to with his club.”

“That’s what we try all the time with the players.”

“We had Osimhen, not Vardy, and Kelechi was the second striker, coming sometimes from behind, taking the ball, giving decisive passes like he is doing in his club more and more.”

“He even gives decisive passes than he scores goals, actually.”

Apart from his brace against Liberia in September, Iheanacho has underperformed in his Super Eagles outings, the most recent of which was a doubleheader against the Central African Republic last october.

Rohr has now suggested that the circumstances in Nigeria may be the cause for his inability to repeat his club form when on international duty.