Super Eagles and Leicester forward Kelechi Iheanacho is confident he can step out of Jamie Vardy’s shadow after continuing his fine goal-scoring form in the comeback win at relegation-threatened Brighton.
Iheanacho has played second fiddle to star man Vardy for the majority of his Foxes career but the pair are currently playing together due to a plethora of injury problems.
The Nigeria international followed up his leveller in the midweek draw at Burnley by equalising in Saturday’s 2-1 victory at the Amex Stadium to claim his seventh strike of the campaign in all competitions, including four in his last seven outings
With Vardy enduring a prolonged barren run in front of goal, Iheanacho now has as many goals from open play this season as his high-profile team-mate.
Asked what it is like to be back up for last season’s Premier League golden boot winner, he replied: “It’s a bit difficult for the manager because he needs to use everybody, and then we have to have an impact.
“I need to wait for my time but I’m confident with how things are going right now. I just have to keep working hard and keep taking the opportunities.
“I like playing with him (Vardy) because he can run in behind and gives me options, or he can get the ball and go deep. I like playing with him but when he’s not around I can play by myself.
“I’m happy with the goals that are coming now. I feel good.”
After failing to score on the south coast, former England striker Vardy – whose 14 goals this term include seven penalties – has registered just once in his last 14 appearances.