Iheanacho poised for promotion

Guardiola MANCHESTER City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has hailed new boss Pep Guardiola – but admits there is NOTHING to enjoy about pre-season. The 19-year-old has started work under former Barcelona manager Guardiola after enjoying a breakthrough season under Manuel Pellegrini in 2015-16. In what was a disappointing campaign for the Blues, Iheanacho was a bright point, finding the net on eight occasions at an average of one goal every 94 minutes. That was five minutes fewer per goal than teammate Sergio Aguero, and the best goals to minutes ratio of any player in the top flight so have scored more than once. While conceding ‘there’s nothing to enjoy about pre-season, you just have to work hard’, Iheanacho is confident of kicking on under Guardiola next term. “Guardiola is a good manager, everyone knows that,” the Nigerian told Sky Sports. “He’s bringing fresh thoughts and his own style. “Everything is different and everyone is adapting to what he’s teaching us. We need to understand what he’s telling us and what he wants to bring to the team.” Despite being mainly deployed as a striker, Iheanacho has talked up his abilities to play in the hole and on the wing, and hasn’t ruled out playing in tandem with Aguero. When asked the likelihood of the pair striking up a partnership, Iheanacho added: “I don’t know yet. When we start the season, we’ll find out what the coach is going to bring to the team.”