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Pundit makes big claim on Leicester star Iheanacho

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Kelechi Iheanacho has arguably been the most in-form Premier League player of 2021, and one pundit has made a claim on the Nigerian.

Leicester star Kelechi Iheanacho should be a contender to win the Premier League Player of The Year Award, says talkSPORT host Adrian Durham.

The Nigerian has hit remarkable form for the Foxes since the turn of the year and has maintained consistency all through.

Iheanacho has scored 14 goals in his last 14 games across all competitions. His goals have come at a time when Vardy has struggled for form, and that has helped keep Leicester in the top-four discussions.

Elsewhere, Jesse Lingard has seen similar form since the start of the year, scoring nine times in 11 games for the Hammers. Durham points out that the United loanee is already mentioned in Player of The Year discussions and the same should apply for the Leicester star.

He told talkSPORT: “He is making a big difference at Leicester City.

“He’s making a bigger impact at Leicester right now than Lingard is at West Ham. Whether people like that or not, I don’t care. That’s the truth. That’s a fact.

“With [Jamie] Vardy not scoring, Iheanacho is keeping Leicester in the top four. Leicester are in the top four and West Ham are not, he’s having a bigger impact than Lingard.

“They’re different players, they play in different position, I get it.

“But if people are talking about Lingard and saying how well he’s doing, and absolutely rightly so, and if they are putting him as a contender for Player of the Season, then they have to talk about Iheanacho in the same way.

“There is no obvious Player of the Season – there’s no real obvious standout smack you in the face Player of the Season, is there?”