Super Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho scored his first career Premier League hat-trick on Sunday afternoon to help Leicester City maintain their push for a top 4 finish following their 5-0 thrashing of Sheffield United, AOIFootball.com reports.
Having scored in back-to-back league outings for the first time this campaign, the Eagles forward was hoping to make it three on the bounce as he kept his place in the starting XI alongside fellow countryman Wilfred Ndidi.
The 24-year-old needed 39 minutes to open the scoring for the hosts as he tapped home a lovely cross from Jamie Vardy to make it 1-0 and set a personal record of scoring in three consecutive Premier League games.
Leicester came into the second period with more firepower and should have been three up in quick succession when the impressive Iheanacho twice set up strike partner Vardy but he twice failed to convert to stretch his goal drought run to 7 games.
Vardy’s blushes were however spared by Spaniard Ayoze Perez when he powered home a lovely volley after the hour mark to make it 2-0 to the Foxes much to the joy of manager Brendan Rogers.
Iheanacho then got his brace five minutes later in what was a similar replica of the first goal as he finished off yet another assist from Vardy to make it 4-0.
He then got his hat-trick from a goal made in Nigeria when he received a lovely pass from Ndidi before powering home from 25 yards out to make it 4-0 before an own goal from Ethan Empadu made it 5-0 to ensure the Foxes scored 5 goals for the second time this campaign, their first coming in a 5-2 thrashing at Manchester City in September.
Iheanacho was rightly awarded the match ball and the man of the match, earning a game rating of 9.7 to put him in strong contention for the Premier League player of the week.