Manchester City and Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho 20, who have scored 4 goals already this season, has the best goal per minute ratio of 95.6 in the premier league.

Iheanacho celebrating his goal in the Manchester derby
Iheanacho celebrating his goal in the Manchester derby

He has scored 20 goals in all competition for the Citizens since making his debut on 29 August, 2015 as a second half substitute for Rahim Sterling against Watford. Iheanacho scored his first goal for city against Crystal Palace when he came on as a substitute for Wilfred Bony on 12 September, 2015.

His first career hat-trick came on 30 January 2016, against Aston Villa in the fourth round of the FA cup. Ever since, Iheanacho has never looked back whenever he’s been called upon.

G. Jesus holds his number 33 jersey during his unveiling.
G. Jesus holds his number 33 jersey during his unveiling.

But with the arrival of Gabriel Jesus, the pendulum seems to have swung towards the young Brazilian because there seems to be a lot of hype for the Brazilian even before he made his debut on Saturday. In their 2-2 draw with Tottenham over the weekend, Iheanacho was evidently absent from the team list which made some fans to assume the worst.

Now the question is “what does the arrival of Gabriel Jesus mean for Iheanacho at the Etihad”?

The arrival of Jesus only meant one thing “competition”.  Which is good for a club as big as Manchester City and a good headache for a coach with the pedigree of Guardiola.  Manchester City are still in three major competitions FA cup, Premier League and the Champions League. Definitely, there’s no way one or two strikers will finish the season (without injury or suspension), therefore whoever among the three that has limited opportunity must relish  his opportunity and make a statement whenever he is called.

It is too early to speculate on the future of any of them. Guardiola is a smart and renowned coach, known for his development of young talents wherever he has managed and Iheanacho and Jesus are no exception and am sure they are in great hands.