Branded a flop and waste of money before he had even kicked a ball, Anthony Martial silenced his critics with a brilliant solo goal against Liverpool on Saturday afternoon. But Man City also had a teenager hitting the headlines that day, albeit on a smaller scale.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored late to maintain Man City’s perfect start to the season against a Crystal Palace side that will take points off a lot of good sides this season.
Chelsea have already fallen victim to Pardew’s side this season but the 18 year old Nigerian popped up with what the MEN are calling a ‘Macheda Moment’ to rescue Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
The Golden Ball winner at the 2013 u17 World Cup, Man City quickly scrambled to sign the forward and with hopes high for the talented youngster in both Nigeria and Manchester, they may have snapped up a gem.
Saturday saw Argentine attacker Sergio Aguero go off injured after a horror tackle from Scott Dann and with Wilfried Bony also out, the goalscoring onus may rest on Ihenacho’s shoulders.
But with his winner against Crystal Palace fresh in memory, he may relish the chance to establish himself in the City team, starting with this week’s game against Champions League finalists Juventus.