Odion Ighalo continued his incredibly impressive transition into Premier League football by bagging his eighth of the season in Watford’s clash with bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa this afternoon.
The Hornets striker and Ben Watson were both denied by last-ditch blocks from Villa defenders, before Ighalo pounced on a rebound to poke beyond Brad Guzan for a 17th-minute opener in the Midlands.
Ighalo already has more goals than a Watford player has previously managed in a Premier League season, bettering the six notched by Heidar Helguson and Hameur Bouazza during the 2000s.
And the 26-year-old has now jumped above Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud and Manchester City superstar Sergio Aguero in the scoring charts, and level with Tottenham Hotspur hero Harry Kane.
Only Leicester City record-breaker Jamie Vardy and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku have outscored Igahlo in the top-flight this season, but nobody has more goals than him in English football throughout 2015.
The Nigerian, signed on a free from Udinese in 2014 as BBC Sport reports, made it 24 for the calendar year, but his effort was cancelled out by Micah Richards on the stroke of half time at Villa Park.
Half-time: Aston Villa 1-1 Watford
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