City's Nigerian wonderkid showing already what Arsenal and Chelsea missed out on

Manchester City youngster netted on his debut, showing why the club did so well to beat Arsenal and Chelsea to his signature.

Kelechi Iheanacho was the star of the FIFA under-17 World Cup at the end of last year, pictured above kneeling down with the Golden Ball and Silver Shoe trophies.

On his way to helping Nigeria win the tournament, he netted four times in one game against the UAE, and earned admiring glances from Europe's top clubs.

Arsenal and Chelsea were linked with signing the striker, but it was Manchester City who pulled out all the stops to clinch a deal.

The first sign of their faith paying off came in a friendly win over Sporting Kansas City just 24 hours ago, when Iheanacho scored his first goal for the club in a 4-1 victory.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini was full of praise after the win, quoted in The Mail: "Kelechi is just 17 years old and he’s a very important player for us in the future. He demonstrated today what he can do in the future. It depends on the way he takes this profession, but I think he’s a good talent

"He’s a very important player for the future for the club."

The stress is certainly on the future rather than the present, and with work permit issues existing right now, a loan move is likely for the young forward to go and play regular football.

Yet his goal and elevation to the first team ranks even in pre-season, illustrate what a precocious talent the teenager is.

Arsenal and Chelsea have talent in abundance in their youth set ups, but Iheanacho could prove to be the best around, and the striker may go on to prove the shrewdest of acquisitions in seasons to come.

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