Date: 30th December 2015 at 6:12pm
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Name: Odion Ighalo

Position: Striker

24 January 2015 - Sky Bet Championship - Watford v Blackpool - Odion Ighalo of Watford celebrates scoring the sixth goal.Photo: Ryan Smyth/Offside

With Troy Deeney renowned as the club’s star striker; Watford fans never imagined they would be signing a forward as good, if not better, than their talisman when Odion Ighalo joined from Udinese last July.

After originally joining on loan from the Serie A outfit; a deal that was made permanent in October following the termination of his contract, the Nigeria international seemingly struggled to adapt to English football after drawing a blank in his opening seven games for the Hornets.

But three goals in as many games against Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest towards the end of 2014 helped set-up and kick-start a prolific New Year for Ighalo, one that would help catapult Watford into the English top-flight for the first time since 2007.

Sixteen goals during the second-half of the Championship campaign fired the Hornets to automatic promotion to the Premier League back in May, where the Vicarage Road faithful realised they possessed English football’s most deadliest frontline partnership – Ighalo and Deeney.

Despite often referred to as a completely different ball game; the lethal Ighalo has taken the step up from Championship football to Premier League pedigree in his stride, netting an astonishing 14 league goals in 19 appearances to lift Quique Sanchez Flores’ side up to eighth in the standings.

Not bad for a free signing a little over 14 months ago!

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