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Kelechi Iheanacho makes dream first impression

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On a sunny London afternoon at Selhurst Park, an afternoon where the country's eyes were firmly on Manchester City's scintillating form, one particular player stole the show.

It wasn't Kevin de Bruyne, who made his official Premier League debut, or Joe Hart with his fifth clean sheet in a row. Instead - the unfamiliar face of City youngster, Kelechi Iheanacho, nicked the headlines from his star-studded teammates.

It was 0-0 heading into the 92nd minute of the match when some neat interchange play between Fernandinho and Samir Nasri resulted in a shot from the Frenchman.

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Alex McCarthy in the Palace goal could only palm the strike back into his penalty area just before Iheanacho instinctively prodded home from close range, to give Manchester City all three points on the day.

A great finish to a great afternoon for the blue side of Manchester. As one of their academy talents found the net in a Premier League game for the first time since 2011 - back when Micah Richards fired the ball past Tim Krul in a home game against Newcastle.

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A fairy tale start to the career of a young Nigerian prodigy, at just 18-years-old, scoring a potentially crucial goal for the citizens in stoppage time whilst also sending them eleven points clear at the top of the league.

Wonderful stuff, but who exactly is Kelechi Iheanacho?

Well, this teenage sensation has shown promise from a very early age, winning the Golden Ball for Nigeria at the U17's World Cup, scoring a very impressive six goals.

After all these brilliant performances for his country, Iheanacho joined City last season and after some work permit issues were resolved, he consistently shined for the Elite Development Squad (EDS).

Whilst also scoring an unbelievably good goal in an EDS derby; turning one United player on the 18 yard box, lightly poking the ball beyond the covering player's slide challenge to tuck it past the keeper into the bottom corner. Take a bow Kelechi.

After these performances caught the eye of Manuel Pellegrini, the Nigerian was promoted to the first team and didn't look back.

Scoring two goals in their pre-season US tour, just before grabbing a goal against Roma in the International Champions Cup.

Then finally, after a brief Premier League debut at home to Watford replacing Raheem Sterling in the 89th minute, Iheanacho made his mark as a teenage hero.

Unfortunately, the blue faithful can't expect any similar heroics against Juventus on Tuesday night as he is not in Manchester City's Champions League squad.

In conclusion, after sending the Manchester City away end into absolute ecstasy, the 18-year-old striker has kicked off his career in superb fashion - with fans hopeful that he will develop the sweet taste for sky blue success.

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