Jamie Vardy and new signing Kelechi Iheanacho can form a potent strike partnership, Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare believes.
Iheanacho, a £25million signing from Manchester City, came off the substitutes’ bench and within minutes teed up Vardy for the winner in City’s final friendly of pre-season against Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday night.
Unfortunately, a knock to his ankle quickly ended Iheanacho’s first run-out in a City shirt but he will be fit for the season-opener at Arsenal on Friday night.
However, the 20-year-old is expected to be eased into action as a substitute at the Emirates Stadium but long-term Shakespeare said the Nigeria international could be a good partner for Vardy.
“They can play together, most definitely,” said Shakespeare.
“You’ve seen how they linked up, and good players can. I think having the depth in the squad is important.
“I thought he was really unselfish for a player making his debut. You would probably think he might take that chance himself, but to spot Jamie, to play that in with the weight of pass he did for Jamie to finish it, it shows his awareness and his unselfishness.”
City fans didn’t get much opportunity to assess their new striker as he was only on the pitch for 17 minutes, but Shakespeare said he will give City another attacking dimension.
“He’s young, he’s a good goal scorer, you see that he can link play up, his all-around game,” said Shakespeare. “He’s only going to get better.
“His goal scoring record is excellent. He gives us another dimension.
“He wants to get better, he wants to play regularly and hopefully we can give him that platform.”
Shakespeare has plenty to consider ahead of the opening game of the season at Arsenal.
New midfielder Vicente Iborra could make his debut as Danny Drinkwater looks set to miss out with a thigh strain, while Islam Slimani missed the last game with a cut behind his knee picked up at Wolves.
City played a familiar 4-4-2 against Monchengladbach but Shakespeare has the option of a five-man midfield at Arsenal.
“There’s still food for thought,” said Shakespeare.
“We can have a look at it this week. We’ve got a few days of training and we’ll take it from there.”