Manchester City signed one of the most promising players in the entire world this week when they acquired the signature of Kelechi Iheanacho. But at the tender age of 17-years-old, the kid sensation still needs plenty of rigorous development to become a top player.
According to reports, one of the ways Manchester City plan on developing the Nigerian star striker is to send him on-loan during the upcoming season.
Kelechi Iheanacho was absolutely outstanding during the FIFA Under 17's World Cup last year, with this highlight reel (which includes six tournament goals and seven assists) below bound to make many clubs across the world interested in his talents.
The reason why Major League Soccer has been sounded out as a possibility for the left-footed player is because of Man City's connection with New York City FC.
Avoid New York
The Blues went into a partnership with MLB giants New York Yankees to purchase the New York City FC franchise, and the team will make their MLS debut in March 2015.
The partnership means it's highly likely that City will use the link-up to improve the youngsters in their squad, and certain reports have confirmed that the EPL side will do exactly that.
But such a move is something that ex-Nigeria coach Samson Siasia is dearly against. He believes that his compatriot should not be shipped off to MLS, with the former Super Eagles boss insisting City should loan him to an EPL side so they can track his progress more accurately.
“I don’t think it is right for Manchester City to send the young man on loan to MLS, the best they should do for him now is to loan him to an English Premier League side where they will be able to monitor his progress. Iheanacho has done well in the pre season tour and he should be vying for a place in the squad."
Dismissing MLS as an option for Iheanacho is not the right approach, but like Siasia says, there might be better opportunities out there for him.
MLS is ever improving, and Team USA's success in the World Cup with a team made up of mostly MLS players is a sure sign that it's not what people label as a 'retirement league.' The signings of Kaka, David Villa and Frank Lampard will boost the league's profile during the 2015 season, and Iheanacho would certainly benefit from playing and training alongside Villa and Lampard during next season.
But the big question is how ready for the Premier League is this Nigerian superstar? If he is ready now, then an EPL loan would be more suitable. But if redshirting him is the best option this season, which is more likely, then sending him to New York would be Manchester City's best option.