Jesus Replaces Iheanacho In Manchester City’s Champions League Squad
Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been left out from Manchester City Champions League squad to making way for new signing Gabriel Jesus.
Jesus signed in the summer of 2016, only joined in January and made his debut for Manchester in the 2-2 Premier League home draw against Tottenham on Saturday, January 21.
His signing is seen as a threat to Iheanacho at City and has now replaced him in the squad for the knockout stage of the 2016/17 Champions League.
Iheanacho, however remains eligible for selection as meets the requirements to be on UEFA’s ‘List B’.
Being on UEFA ‘List B’ makes you eligible to play and the requirements to be on the list include being born on, or after, January 1, 1995, and has been eligible to play for the club for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday.
Although Iheanacho is eligible for selection courtesy of the UEFA ‘List B’ his latest exclusion from the squad heightens the fears that the arrival of Jesus could spell the end of the Nigeria international at City.
Iheanacho has not been named in three straight games since City’s 2-2 draw against Spurs when Jesus made his debut.
There were reports that he could leave the club in the January transfer window, although Pep Guardiola ruled out a move for the 20-year-old striker, insisting he belongs to the future of the club.
“But of course Kelechi is part of the squad,” Guardiola told a news conference ahead of their FA Cup trip to Crystal Palace.
“Jesus and Nolito are not-so young strikers, Gabriel, Rash [Raheem Sterling] and Kelechi, they are so, so young strikers and they will be the future. They have to adapt.”
Another notable change to the squad is the inclusion of experienced midfielder Yaya Toure who was controversially missing from the squad in the group stages.