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Iheanacho wins March 2021 EA SPORTS Player of the Month award

2 Apr 2021

Leicester striker becomes fourth Nigerian to win monthly prize after scoring five times in March

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Kelechi Iheanacho has been named the EA SPORTS Player of the Month for March 2021.

The forward scored five goals in March to become the fourth Nigerian player to win the award, after Jay Jay Okocha, Peter Odemwingie and Odion Ighalo.

Iheanacho is also the first Leicester City player to claim the prize since Jamie Vardy in October 2019. 

I’m so pleased and honoured to win this award," he told Leicester's official website.

"I’m really enjoying playing at the minute and hopefully I can push on and help the team to finish as high as possible this season."

Iheanacho began March by scoring only his second goal of the PL season with a volley in a 1-1 draw at Burnley that was nominated for the Budweiser Goal of the Month award.

Three days later he struck the equaliser as Leicester came from behind to win 2-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion, and he then scored his first PL hat-trick in the 5-0 victory over Sheffield United.

Iheanacho topped an eight-man shortlist that also included Andreas Christensen, Harry Kane, Jesse Lingard, Riyad Mahrez, Illan Meslier, Luke Shaw and Leandro Trossard.

2020/21 EA SPORTS award winners

September: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE)
October: Son Heung-min (TOT)
November: Bruno Fernandes (MUN)
December: Bruno Fernandes (MUN)
January: Ilkay Gundogan (MCI)
February: Ilkay Gundogan (MCI)
March: Kelechi Iheanacho (LEI)

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Part 2: Tuchel claims Barclays Manager of the Month award
Part 3: Lamela rabona voted Budweiser Goal of the Month

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