The in-form Nigerian striker has gained popularity in recent weeks with his new nickname, and he has revealed the reason behind the moniker.
Kelechi Iheanacho has revealed the “senior man” nickname he’s been called is the name Nigerians give to someone that returns from Europe.
Iheanacho’s profile has gone through the roof this year due to his brilliant goal scoring record. The Nigerian international scored his 12th league goal of the season in Leicester City’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea last night.
The goal also means he’s now the only player in Premier League’s history to score on all days of the week in a single season.
It has indeed been the best period of Iheanacho’s career and during this time he earned the moniker “senior man”. Iheanacho first called himself that in a playful conversation with his Leicester and international teammate, Wilfred Ndidi.
However, he revealed it’s what people call him anytime he goes home and has now been picked up by everyone.
“It’s what players from Nigeria who play in Europe are called when they come back to the country,” Iheanacho told Premier League TV
The Nigerian international also added that his teammates call him by that nickname