Iheanacho ‘over the moon’ after hat-trick


Kelechi Iheanacho says he is over the moon after scoring his first Premier League hat-trick for Leicester City in their 5-0 annihilation of bottom-place Sheffield United, The PUNCH reports.

The Nigerian is the first Super Eagles star to score a hat-trick in the EPL in a decade.

The 24-year-old continued his fine goal-scoring form, making judicious use of the opportunity handed him by manager Brendan Rodgers as a result of injuries to James Maddison and Harvey Barnes.

Sheffield were hoping to have a change in result following the appointment of Paul Heckingbottom on an interim basis, but Leicester were the more superior side.

His first goal was his third in successive Premier League game for the first time as he connected with a Jamie Vardy cut-back to break the deadlock in the 39th minute.

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Ayoze Perez scored Leicester’s second with a fine finish into Aaron Ramsdale bottom corner in the 64th minute.

Vardy once again turned provider for Iheanacho with another pass, before the Nigeria forward sealed his treble with a powerful shot down Ramsdale far corner from outside the box.

Vardy thought he had ended a six-game goal drought with his shot 10 minutes from time, but Blades defender Ethan Ampadu made the decisive touch for an own goal.

“I don’t know how to express this but I’m over the moon,” Iheanacho said in his post match interview.

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“I’ve been waiting for this day to come and I’ve been working very hard for this day. I’m really grateful to God, my teammates and the manager for helping me grow. I dedicate this hat-trick to all the mothers in the world; they should keep taking care of us.”

“I’m really happy I’m playing alongside Jamie. He always creates space for me. He makes it easy for me to play. He’s a joy to play with and hopefully, he keeps going till he’s 40.

“He is a team player, he helps everyone, even when he’s not scoring, he’s helping the team win. He gave me two assists. The goals will keep coming for him.

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“It was the first win at home for a while and it’s a clean sheet as well, so we’re all really happy.

“The gaffer made it clear when he came in that we needed to keep going. We’re getting very near to the top, hopefully we (can) finish near there.”

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