Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said he trusts Nigeria starlet Kelechi Iheanacho and that was why he did not buy another striker after Edwin Dzeko was sold.
Iheanacho justified part of the boss’ confidence on Saturday when he scored the match winner for City at Crystal Palace.
“He is one of the reasons I didn’t bring another striker in when we sold Edwin Dzeko. He deserves that chance,” Pellegrini revealed.
“He is a very important player for us. He is just 18 and started working with our squad last season, but he was unlucky and has a big injury in the last three months of the season.
“This year he started pre-season with the squad and will be a very important player for the future.”
The City manager said it was crucial Iheanacho took his chance when he came on.
“I told him to go and score a goal. I was going to make the substitution before because Bony had only worked the last few days with the team, but he told me he was okay. That’s why I kept him on, but Kelechi deserved more minutes. It was important he took that chance,” he said.