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What does Daka arrival mean for Iheanacho’s Leicester future?

Football consistently reminds you just how quickly things can change.

The example of Kelechi Iheanacho provides a perfect case study, particularly in light of the big-money arrival of Patson Daka at Leicester City on Wednesday.

Last season, Iheanacho looked to be proving the critics right at the King Power Stadium.

From the start of the campaign until early February, the forward netted in just two matches—both on the Europa League—and failed to score in 18 games.

Opportunities had come his way in the absence of Jamie Vardy to prove—finally—that he could one day replace the veteran ex-England forward, but Iheanacho had failed to take them.

Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho - Leicester City

Recall the anonymous performances away at Crystal Palace, away in Braga, at home against AEK Athens, as fixtures came and went with Iheanacho failing to take responsibility for the Foxes’ scoring burden.

On this form, it would have come as no surprise had the striker been cut loose in the summer, having failed to realise the potential he demonstrated as a youngster at Manchester City.

But then came a glorious purple patch.

Starting with an effort in the 2-0 victory at Fulham in February, Iheanacho would proceed to score nine goals in his next nine games.

He would score a further seven before the season ended, breaking his personal Premier League record goals haul with 12 strikes overall.

Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester

No Prem forward scored 12 goals from Gameweek 22 onwards,

In the FA Cup, he truly made his presence felt, with several critical strikes as Leicester reached the final.

Ultimately, the Wembley showcase passed him by, but it mattered little in the end, as Iheanacho clinched a winner’s medal.