Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers insists Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho is part of his plans despite his poor form this season.
Rodgers has backed the 22-year-old to rediscover his goalscoring touch and plans to work with the striker during pre-season training this summer.
Iheanacho, a £25million signing from Manchester City in August 2017, has scored just twice during the current campaign, with his last strike coming in September.
He spurned a late guilt-edged opportunity to end his goal drought at the Etihad Stadium against his former club on Monday night as Leicester lost 1-0.
However, Rodgers sees potential in Iheanacho and he is not giving up on the Nigerian just yet.
“Yes he is (part of my plans),” said Rodgers. “He’s just had his first season adapting to a new club. Then when you’re playing or challenging one of the best strikers in the league in Jamie Vardy, it’s difficult.
“Kel will come back into pre-season, gain more confidence and hopefully come out of that with a renewed motivation to show his qualities.”
Iheanacho has yet to start a match since Rodgers became manager in February, coming on as a substitute in six of the Northern Irishman’s nine games in charge.
“I’ve been impressed with him. His appetite, his work, and then in games where he has come on, he’s impacted the game. He’s done very well, and nearly did again,” said Rodgers.
“He knows he should score, in big games you don’t get many chances. He’s a fantastic young player and hopefully he can show that over his time at Leicester.”
Leicester will conclude their Premier League campaign against Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.