Watford’s Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has been shortlisted for the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month award for September.
Should he win, Ighalo would be the first Watford player to win the award in 20 years.
Ighalo who has scored five goals in eight games helping the Hornets to maintain a 12th placed position in the Barclays Premier League’s top half.
The 26 year old forward is up against Leicester City’s England striker Jamie Vardy, Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet and Manchester United pair Anthony Martial and Daley Blind.
Ighalo is the top scorer in England with 21 goals this calendar year. and has scored in five consecutive Premier League games but has some way to go to match Alan Shearer’s record of scoring in nine games in a row in 1993.
Ighalo is one of only 13 forwards in the Premier League to get five or more clear-cut chances this season and he boasts the best conversion rate among all of them.
While Ighalo praises Deeney’s work rate, even his skipper admits Ighalo is “naturally a better finisher” than him.
Recall that Chinese second tier Hebei China Fortune side offered £10m and a salary of around £50,000 per week for the former Udinese forward.
“They offered me crazy money,” said Ighalo. “But I don’t think it is a good league for me. It is not always about the money.” Staying put already looks a smart move.
Everyone at 366football.com would like to congratulate the Nigerian international and wish him good luck!