Kelechi Iheanacho was once again influential for Leicester City as they hammered Aston Villa 4-1 in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon.

The Nigeria international, who came off the bench a week ago to turn the game around against Everton, was handed a place in the 11 from the start at Villa Park, and repaid the faith of manager Brendan Rodgers with a goal and an assist to send the Foxes on their way to a big win.

Leicester took the lead in the 20th minute through striker Jamie Vardy, who scored for the eighth game running in the Premier League. The goal was set up by Iheanacho, whose delightful through ball left the 32-year-old with the simple task of rounding past Tom Heaton to score into an empty net.

The 23-year-old then helped himself to a goal of his own four minutes before half-time, meeting James Maddison’s fizzed low cross with a near-post run and a deft finish for 2-0.

Jack Grealish pulled one back for Villa in stoppage time at the end of the first half, but second half goals by Johnny Evans and Vardy completed an emphatic win that keeps Leicester within eight points of leaders Liverpool.

Iheanacho, who struggled for minutes at the start of the season, has now hit a rich vein of form, and could be in line for more starts in the coming weeks, with the Premier League entering its busy Christmas schedule.

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