Date: 19th March 2021 at 6:40pm
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Journalist Jack Lang has featured on the latest edition of The Athletic’s The Totally Football Show to discuss all things Premier League related ahead of this weekend’s action

dispatched Sheffield United last weekend in an emphatic 5-0 victory for the Foxes which saw them extend their gap over fourth-placed Chelsea to four points.

Kelechi Iheanacho has been in scintillating form as of late and the Nigerian helped himself to a hat-trick against the Premier League’s bottom side.

Discussing the striker’s recent form, Lang commented on something unusual which he has picked up on over the last few games.

He said: “Just quickly on Iheanacho, I really like him as a player, he’s the kind of striker I like who seems to me, almost at 80-90% of his skill set is striking the ball and I value that in a player. But when I look at the celebrations after he’s scored, and he’s scored quite a lot recently, his colleagues don’t seem that pleased for him.

I would love to know the inside story of it. They give him a little pat on the back but it’s oddly distant and he himself doesn’t look over the moon.

“I wonder with players if they go so long feeling they’re underperforming or not where they want to be in their career, that it takes 7, 8, 9, 10 goals before they can actually start enjoying goals as a normal sensation again. One to watch this weekend, how much is actual teammates enjoy his goals with him?”

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The 24-year-old has now scored six goals in the Premier League this season, but five of those goals have come in the striker’s last three games.

TIF Thoughts on Lang’s comments…

Iheanacho’s recent form has been incredible. However, it is an interesting point from Lang to suggest the lack of celebrations for Iheanacho’s goals could be a result of his underwhelming season to this point. Perhaps if the Nigerian continues this run of form and feels he has ‘made up’ for his poor start to the season, we may see him show some satisfaction in scoring.

Looking at the highlights, there didn’t appear to be any celebratory team huddles after any of Leicester’s goals last weekend, but it is certainly worth keeping an eye on what is a potential running theme amid Iheanacho’s impressive upturn in form.