Watford striker Odion Ighalo continued his rich vein of form last week with a brace of goals against struggling Newcastle.
Shoot takes a look at the promising forward who currently has the best strike rate in England’s professional leagues in 2015, with 20 goals in 24 games.
Where did he start his career?
The 26-year-old started playing in his native Nigeria with Prime and Julius Berger. Although he didn’t make that many appearances, he was spotted by a FIFA scout and went for a trial with Norwegian side Lyn, subsequently signing for them in 2007 at the age of 18.
So what happened after that?
Well, he had a decent record at Lyn, scoring nine goals in 20 games, so he then made a big move to Udinese in Italy’s Serie A. He didn’t play very much, which meant he spent several seasons out on loan, playing for Granada, Cesena and Watford, before signing permanently for the latter.
Was his brace against Newcastle a surprise?
Not really. Not only have Newcastle been struggling so far this season, but Watford have been playing good football with Ighalo leading the line. With 20 goals in 24 games in 2015, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise when he scores at the moment.
Why does he not play more regularly for Nigeria?
Until recently, Ighalo had not received a call-up for the Nigerian team. However, after a successful string in performances for Watford in the Championship last season, he was called up by interim manager Daniel Amokachi, making his debut two days later against Uruguay.
Why is he so dangerous?
Ighalo is a player who likes to dribble and run at the opposition, which makes him the perfect player to spearhead Watford’s attack. Ighalo’s clinical finishing complements Watford’s fast, dynamic playing style beautifully.