Kelechi Iheanacho determined to make Manchester City debut as soon as possible

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Manchester City’s young starlet is prepared to cancel his flight if it means he gets to make his debut at home to Southampton on Sunday.

Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice as Manchester City EDS defeated local rivals and U21 champions Manchester United 3-1 to end the season on a high.

The young Nigerian has emerged as a young star since he was handed a work permit earlier this year and is tipped to break into the first-team next season.

Despite playing for the youth team just a day earlier, Iheanacho would be willing to play for City against Southampton in the final game of the campaign on Sunday.

The 18-year-old has a flight booked to play for Nigeria in the U20 World Cup in New Zealand but Iheanacho would be willing to cancel his trip if it meant Manuel Pellegrini would hand him his debut.

He told the Manchester Evening News, “I don't know [if i'll be involved]. I play for City. If they tell me to come and play for the first team I will come and play. I'll change my flight.”

Iheanacho owed his match-winning display in the second half comeback against United to Patrick Vieira, who delivered an inspirational team talk at half time.

He continued, “In the first half I was so nervous to play and I lost many balls. It was a big game against United, my first game against them.

“But when I went in the dressing room at half-time the coach told me to work harder and be stronger, forget everything and concentrate. So in the second half it was a lot better.”

It caps a rollercoaster year for Iheanacho, who struggled to gain a work permit for the majority of the campaign after City brought him in last summer.

The Nigerian has a big future. He is a very quick and lively striker, who can beat a man with ease and possesses a clinical finish.

Iheanacho deserves a chance in the first-team next year and if City are to prove to people that they want to create a pathway from the youth team to the senior set-up, the 18-year-old should be at the forefront of Pellegrini’s thinking for next season.

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