So a lot has been going on in the news about the duo, with a lot of football journalists as well as fans comparing both youngsters who are unarguably the best finishers of their generation, i decided to also personally analyse the conundrum.
Marcus Rashford 18, the undisputed king of Debuts is every managers dream; strong, pacy and a clinical finisher is one of the best things to have come out under Louis van Gaal’s failed career at Manchester United. Scoring 2 goals against a strong Arsenal side in his debut EPL match shows he has the character and ability to rise up to the occasion against big opposition to win his team the vital 3 points, a trait that has always been a must have for legendary players.
Rashford’s rise from his debut brace against Midtjylland to his England goal within three minutes of making his international bow has been nothing short of exquisite. The 18 year-old became the youngest Three Lions star to score on his debut and after netting a hat-trick against Norway U21’s, he’s now scored on every competitive debut he’s made. That’s some achievement and it’s no wonder he’s the one everyone’s talking about but his talent aside he has the English media behind him to give him the much needed publicity ublike his Nigerian counterpart.
Kelechi Iheanacho 19, a year older than his rival is the new king of goals with his goal conversion rate at the very top among Europes elite’s. Since making his Premier League bow at the beginning of last season, Iheanacho has scored nine goals from just 13 shots on target, a remarkable ratio and an indicator of his consistency. His ability to finish any clear cut chance which presents itself and also the ability to create one makes him a deadly player to mark. Rising up through the ranks of Nigeria’s under 17 , he led his team to the U-17 FIFA World Cup winning the trophy as well as being the MVP of the tournament. Being an understudy to EPL’s arguably best striker, Kun Aguero gives him the best tutor one can ever ask for.
Watching Iheanacho play makes me feel like there’s an old man playing in the young lad’s body cos his maturity is so exceptional. Statistically, he has been sublime. Topping Europe’s elusive list of forwards, averaging a goal every 81.3 minutes of football he had played.
In conclusion, both players play for rival top teams just like their senior colleagues at La liga; Messi and Ronaldo so they had better get used to being compared pitted against each other in their career. My money however is on Iheanacho because asides proving himself for both club and country and also having a better conversion rate, he is destined to have more playing time against Pep Guardiola and also for his Nigerian team unlike Rashford who has been on the bench for most of Mourinho’s matches and is not a first team player yer for England team. So my King is Marcus Rashford and my god, Iheanacho for now, all this could change in the future. Not withstanding both are very excellent footballers