Watford striker Odion Ighalo has admitted that he never believed he would have scored nine goals in his first 15 English Premier League games this season.
Ighalo who took his tally to 25 goals in 2015 with his stoppage time strike against Norwich on Saturday revealed that he is satisfied with his efforts so far this term and will work harder to maintain his scoring form for the Hornets.
“I don’t want to stop,” Ighalo told Watford Observer in an interview.“I will keep on working hard and keep on scoring goals.
“I never imagined that I’d score so many before the start of the season but the goals have given me belief.
“I have been happy with my work rate and the effort I have put into the games. The goals have come from that.”
He also admitted that he was frustrated with his goal ruled out in the first half for offside and being denied on several occasions by goalkeeper Declan Rudd.
“You can’t imagine how frustrated I was,” Ighalo explained. “The goal in the first half wasn’t offside because when Allan (Nyom) headed the ball forward I was behind Bassong.
“Then in the second half Bassong fouled me in the area and the referee didn’t give anything. But I was very happy the goal finally came.
“The most important thing was the team performance was great and the fans were always behind us.”
He also believes if himself and his strike partner Troy Deeney can stay fit,Watford can push for the top ten this season and keep Watford in the Premier League.
“We played together and did great in the Championship, he scored 21 goals and I scored 20,” Ighalo said.
“But we have been working hard together and have been causing defenders problems. It is nice what people are saying but we will carry on working hard.
“If we can keep fit we can push for the top ten this season and keep Watford in the Premier League.”
Given Ighalo’s form this season it seems almost inevitable there will be interest in the Nigerian international come January and the 26 year old remains open.
“I don’t know. I have a five year contract here and I just want to keep doing well and keep on scoring goals. I will see what happens in January or in the summer.”