Manchester City grabbed a 5-1 over Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, with Kelechi Iheanacho scoring a goal and adding two assists.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini was delighted with the performance of his young Nigerian striker.
“It was very important for Kelechi to demonstrate once again that he’s a very good player,” Pellegrini told mcfc.co.uk after the final whistle.
“He’s not just a striker – he provided two assists – I’m very happy for him. He has things to improve but he’s working in the correct way.
“I had no doubt in him – I see how he works every day and his personality is important and it’s important for him to play with important players.
“Kelechi is not a box striker, he’s not just a finisher – he must improve his control as he needs to do it better but he always plays with his head up as he showed creating the goal for Kevin.
“After that, with more space for Manu Garcia. He’s a player who can play behind the striker or as a striker and he can arrive into the box to score the goals as he did tonight.”
Another striker that got on the scoresheet was Wilfried Bony. The Ivorian international has scored in three straight starts for the Citizens.
“I think this moment it’s important for the team to have Kelechi and Bony as options without Kun,” Pellegrini declared.
“They can play both together as they did tonight. Bony played well tonight. Of course Kelechi was very impressive but Wilfried is quiet as he knows he has my trust and his teammates’ trust.
“Kun is impossible to replace but we know we have another option in attack.”
City will take on Hull City on the quarter-finals.