Nigerians and sports lovers woke up to the exciting news of Kelechi Iheanacho being named as the Premier League’s Player of the Month for March 2021. This comes after the 24-year-old scored five goals in three league appearances including his first Premier League hat-trick for the Foxes against Sheffield United in the lead-up to the international break last month.
Here is a timeline of his playing time that led to his receiving the prestigious player’s award following his top form in the field this season.
He began the month in fine style, scoring an excellent volley from compatriot Wilfred Ndidi’s pass, as Leicester City snatched a draw away at Burnley.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) March 3, 2021
Three days later, he continued his goalscoring form, netting an equaliser against Brighton and Hove Albion. The Foxes would go on to win the game thanks to a late goal by Daniel Amartey.
But it was the following fixture where the Nigerian would really shine. Up against a managerless Sheffield United side, Iheanacho bagged a hat-trick. He opened the scoring with a tap in from Jamie Vardy’s low cross and later got his second after another Vardy assist. The former Manchester City man completed his hat-trick with 12 minutes remaining, slamming in at the near post from long range.
👑🇳🇬 ỊHEANACHỌ 🇳🇬👑 pic.twitter.com/NicCyXAAg7
— Leicester City (@LCFC) March 14, 2021
Kelechi becomes the fourth Leicester player to win the Premier League’s Player of the Month award. The other recipients of the prize are Muzzy Izzet (Sept 1999), Tim Flowers (Sept 2000), and Jamie Vardy (Oct 2015, Nov 2015, April 2019, Oct 2019).