Posted by Colin Udoh/ESPN | 16 September 2015 | 3,349 times
As Kelechi Iheanacho struck home the winner for Manchester City against Crystal Palace last weekend, it seemed as if the whole of Nigeria drew a collective breath. It has been 10 years since Nigerian fans were this excited about a young talent.
In 2005, the object of their affections was a tall midfielder called John Obi Mikel whose languid movement masked pinpoint passing and exemplary vision. His early promise led to a transfer war between Chelsea and Manchester United – which was eventually won by the Blues – and expectations elevated to such a level that he was crowned as a replacement for midfield maestro Austin Okocha before he had even made his senior international debut.
•Photo shows Iheanacho.
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