BREAKING: How Kelechi Iheanacho conquered the EPL to win Player of the month

Leicester City's Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League 1st round Group G football match between Leicester City and Zorya Luhansk at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on October 22, 2020. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho has emerged as the winner of English Premier League (EPL) Player of the month of March, 2021.

The Nigeria international remarkably scored five goals in three league appearances for Leicester City in the lead-up to the international break last month. Notable amongst his heroism was his first Premier League hat-trick against Sheffield United in the month under review.

The 24-year-old who has enjoyed a flourishing partnership with Jamie Vardy hit the limelight with the absence of James Maddison and Harvey Barnes, also scored league goals in the 2-1 win at Brighton and the 1-1 draw against Burnley.

Iheanacho won his maiden EPL Player of the month award by defeating the likes of Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, Tottenham striker Harry Kane, West Ham’s Jesse Lingard, Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier, Manchester United defender Luke Shaw and Brighton’s Leandro Trossard.

The Super Eagles forward Iheanacho who is fondly called “Seniorman” has become the fourth Nigerian to scoop the honourable prize, after Austin Jay-Jay Okocha (November, 2003), 3-time winner Peter Odemwingie (September, 2010, April 2011 and November, 2012) and Odion Ighalo (December, 2015).

Meanwhile, Kelechi Iheanacho and his team-mates sitting in third place in the EPL log table will on Saturday host his former side and league leaders Manchester City in their fight to finish in the top four and make it to the Champions League next season.

 

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