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Iheanacho bagged a hat-trick against Aston Villa last weekend.

Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho reminiscent of Daniel Sturridge

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On Saturday afternoon, young Kelechi Iheanacho well and truly put his name on the map with a well-taken hat-trick against Aston Villa in the FA Cup fourth round.

The last time a striker of any significance came through the ranks at Manchester City was a certain Daniel Sturridge, with the Liverpool striker since becoming one of the Premier League's most clinical strikers, even despite his injuries.

It seems City have yet another Sturridge-like star on their hands, though, in Nigeria international Iheanacho.

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SIMILARITIES DRAWN

In February 2007, a 17-year-old, Birmingham-born striker made his debut for the Citizens, coming on as a substitute for Georgios Samaras against Reading.

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That youngster was Sturridge, who went on to make 16 league appearances during the 2007/08 season and becoming Manchester City's Young Player of the Season. Despite the accolade, the Englishman's time at the Sky Blues was by no means successful.

He failed to convince anyone of his strongest position and, as a result, was released upon the expiration of his contract. Only until he moved to Liverpool, following a four-year stint with Chelsea, did he showcase his true ability.

And just like how Sturridge showed such promise during the opening stages of his City career, Iheanacho is showing signs he could be a hit at the Etihad. With eight goals in all competitions this season, he's already being viewed as the club's second-string striker ahead of Wilfried Bony.

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The similarities between Iheanacho and Sturridge begin with their pace and trickery on the ball - traits that very much suggest they're built to play on the wing, yet both appear more comfortable through the centre.

The 19-year-old appears to have a knack of being in the right place at the right time too, scoring a vital tap-in earlier this season against Crystal Palace and another at Villa Park over the weekend.

Iheanacho certainly has a long way to go before proving he's capable of the same that Sturridge consistently produces when fit, but under the right guidance, the youngster has all the attributes to become a mainstay at the Etihad.

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