Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has again chosen to sing the praises of Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo whose contribution to the Hornets this season has been phenomenal same way the ‘brilliant’ forward helped immensely in getting promotion from the Championship.
Ighalo actually turned down a lucrative move to China in the summer – and his decision is paying dividends for Watford.
While in the Championship last season, the Nigerian forward scored 20 goals in 38 appearances, and that caught the fancy of many which also prompted big-money interest from Hebei China Fortune.
But Ighalo opted instead to sign a new five-year contract with the newly promoted Hornets.
In yet another fine display, Ighalo scored twice during Watford’s 2-0 Premier League victory against West Ham on Saturday; thus taking his tally to seven goals so far this term.
Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores said: ‘Ighalo took a very important decision to stay at Watford.
‘He is a wonderful man who stayed here because his future here at Watford is really big. He is already an important player for us.’
Ighalo opened the scoring shortly before half-time and after the break he sealed the match points when he controlled Ikechi Anya’s ball into the area and crashed his shot high into the West Ham net.
The second win on the bounce helped engineered by Ighalo has lifted Watford up to ninth in the table, and Ighalo is more than happy with their progress.