The 17 year old Nigerian prodigy was discovered during the under 17 world cup held in the UAE last year. He alongside Nwakali, Taiwo Akinyemi light up the tournament. He was known most especially for his celebration, taking a cue from a WWE superstar. Ihenacho scored six goals and had seven assists to his name to help his country lift the Cup, winning the Golden ball award and earning accolades both in his country and internationally. After the tournament, he was snapped up by Man City and he featured in their pre-season. He debuted for city in their pre-season against Sporting Kansas and scored their fourth goals, and had the man of the match award given to him for his display, with his performance described as “embodying class, ease of movement, quick thinking and impeccable passing”
Right now he is training at Columbus crew FC and has also impressed, scoring a hat trick against USL Pro Side Dayton Dutch Lions. Already City fans are drooling over this immense talent and want him to start turning out for them. By mid-October he is expected back at City to put to pen his contract, as he recently clocked 18.
Like it or not, City have a gem of a player in their hands, and they must nurture him and mold him into a world class player. This is relatively easy as City already are nurturing talents like Lopes, Pozo, Fofana in their Elite Development Squad under Patrick Vieira , and will soon be moving into their world class, state of the art sports complex. This move is projected to ensure a steady turn out of talents and Ihenacho will surely benefit from his joining up with City.
Man City also stand to benefit from their signing and nurturing of Ihenacho, as he will be a star for years to come. An attacking midfielder with an eye for goal, profound concentration for someone his age, wonderful creativity, and ability to spring accurate passes, he will definitely be a huge hit. His best position is behind the striker. Meaning David Silva already has a successor just waiting to be given the opportunity to shine. Just like Silva, he can find space in the opposition half, and keeps the ball to feet, with the difference being that he can score goals. As much as Silva is adored by City fans, scoring goals has been difficult, with his goals too far apart and Ihenacho is therefore an upgrade on Silva. Expect him being part of City’s starting lineup next season.
With City’s stars all ageing , Ihenacho will be a big star in the future for them, and it is hoped that he and other graduates of the EDS will herald a new chapter in the history books of City, with their conquest of Europe a certainty. This is obviously the least that should be expected from Ihenacho and his colleagues once they take over from the present crop of City stars.