Kelechi Iheanacho made his long-awaited English Premier League debut for Manchester City on Saturday, playing less than three minutes in their 2-0 win against Watford at the Etihad.

The Nigerian’s first appearance in the English topflight had been kept on ice by manager Manuel Pellegrini despite his brilliant showing during the pre-season.

Iheanacho came off the bench in the 89th minute for one of the Citizens’ goal scorer, Raheem Sterling as they secured their fourth consecutive win in the Premier League against Quique Sanchez Flores’ men.

And he looked sharp during his brief outing in a game that saw his team remain atop the English topflight log.

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Sterling’s close-range strike just after half-time broke a resolute Watford defence that was opened up a second time when Fernandinho netted his second goal of a season in which City look hot favourites for the title after a flawless start to the campaign that leaves them top.

Watford should have pulled one back when a Troy Deeney stepover brilliantly played in Anya, but Sagna made a last-ditch block to keep Joe Hart’s clean sheet safe.

The former Nigeria U17 star would be gunning for his second appearance when the Citizens face Crystal Palace on September 12 at the Selhurst Park.

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Source – Goal.com

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