…says striker needs time to blossom
Wants him to play behind a top striker
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Joseph Dosu has warned that too much pressure and expectations should not be on Manchester City youngster, Kelechi Iheanacho, in other for him to blossom for both club and country.
Iheanacho scored four times for Manchester City in the league with three assists in 14 matches, nine of them as a substitute.
In an exclusive interview with New Telegraph in Lagos, Dosu, a Atlanta 1996 Olympic medallist enjoined the fans to give the youngerstar time to excel at the club level which he said would also rub on his performance in the Super Eagles.
“Iheanacho needs time to blossom to the peak of his career because he is just starting and we are expecting too much from the youngster. “He is getting too much pressure on him at the club and at the national team.
This might ruin his career just like the media and fans did to Barthelomew Ogbeche.
“Ogbeche started very early for the Super Eagles at the age of 18 and after sometime, we forgot and abandoned him.
Even when he revived his career in Holland and was scoring goals week in week out, he was never considered because many felt he was too old not remembering the fact that he started early in the Super Eagles,” he said.
Speaking further, Dosu said: “Iheanacho as a 20-year-old player is battling with top strikers at Manchester City and many are not considering the fact that he has to rise through the ranks.
“Very soon, the same people who want him to deliver quickly will soon tag him a bench warmer and say he is not good enough for the Super Eagles.
I think the media needs to educate the fans on how difficult it’s for African players to breakthrough into top European clubs.”
Dosu believes Iheanacho will excel for both country and club if he is played behind the strikers.
“I think Iheanacho will blossom better as a support striker or as an attacking midfielder and thereby taking much pressure away from him. He has the ability to make good and sublime passes as well as scoring goals if he gets the opportunity.
“But as a top striker, he is expected to score goals and when he misses those scoring chances or not converting those opportunities, the coaches will be under pressure to substitute him or not even give him the chance to play regularly again,” he added.