Hat-trick at Villa Iheanacho’s team-mates signed the ball and chanted his name in the dressing room
“Sometimes I’d watch the Premier League if I found the money, or I’d go there and beg them to let me in. Or sneak in for the second half and pay half the money”
-Manchester City’s Nigerian teenage prodigy, Kelechi ‘Nacho’ Iheanacho
Chasing the ball with Tottenham’s Musa Dembele. Despite expecting to spend this season in City’s development squad, Iheanacho has played 17 league games
‘There are jobs [back home] but football has always been with me. When I was growing up they didn’t want me to do it because my mother was a teacher — they wanted me to go to school. But I love football and wanted to play — they wanted to stop me but couldn’t.
‘They wouldn’t allow me to play out after school but I went out anyway. Maybe I lost a bit of focus on my studies. It’s amazing when you go back home now, when you remember how you were before. You go back home and all those people are calling your name, shouting. I get mobbed by the kids. They want to see you, want to know you.’