In-form Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo is closing in on one of the records held by Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.
Definitely, Ighalo is not chasing the 11 goals in consecutive games held by Vardy but statistics revealed on the Premier League official website shows that Saturday’s strike by Ighalo in the 1-0 win over Sunderland is the fifth time that the Nigerian star has scored the opening goal of a Barclays Premier League match.
Only Leicester City striker Vardy (six goals) has done this more often this season.
In another vein, the winning goal at Sunderland on Saturday saw Ighalo become the first Watford player to reach double figures in a Barclays Premier League season and matched the feats of a couple of Hornets legends.
The last players to score at least 10 goals in a top-flight season for Watford were Mark Falco (14), Luther Blissett (11) and John Barnes (10) under Graham Taylor in 1986/87.
Ighalo’s goal in the fourth minute was the fifth time that Sunderland have conceded in the first quarter of an hour of Barclays Premier League action, a league-high.