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Man City manager Pellegrini hails five-star Iheanacho

29 October 2015, 12:16

London - Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has hailed youngster Kelechi Iheanacho following his man-of-the-match display against Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.

The 19-year old scored one and assisted two of City's goals as they romped to a 5-1 win against their Premier League rivals, Palace.

The Nigerian forward was only making his first start for the club, after a series of cameos and offered a renewed hope to the City faithful with his display, especially with the absence of top striker, Sergio Aguero.

Also read: Kelechi Iheanacho hoping to impress in Manchester derby

"It was very important for Kelechi to demonstrate once again that he's a very good player," Pellegrini said after the game.

"He's not just a striker, he provided two assists. I am very happy for him. He has things to improve, but he's working in the correct way."

Iheanacho paired with Ivorian international Wilfried Bony, who got one of City's goals, in attack, and Pellegrini believes they're both very good options to have in the absence of Aguero.

"I think at this moment it's important for the team to have Kelechi and Bony as options in the absence of Aguero.

"They can play both together as they did. Bony played well and of course Kelechi was very impressive," Pellegrini said.

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