New Watford loan signing Odion Ighalo is looking forward to helping the Hornets mount a Premier League promotion challenge

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New Watford signing Odion Ighalo says he will defend the Hornets jersey until “until the last minute” after joining the club on a one-year loan. 

The Nigerian striker had been expected to join the Golden Boys and finally signed a deal from sister club Udinese yesterday.

After almost five years at fellow Pozzo-owned side Granada, the 25-year-old is looking forward to the challenge of helping the Hornets reach the top flight.

“I am happy, since I first got the call from the president I’ve been very happy. It’s a good opportunity to help the team gain promotion to the Premier League,” he told hornetsplayer.co.uk.

“Two seasons ago I watched the Play-Offs when they almost gained promotion, and I was following Watford because it’s the same owner as Granada and Udinese.

“Even last season, I’ve been watching their games a lot and they’re a good team. I’m here to help the team, to do my best and make sure we work hard and gain promotion.

“I’m here to put on a Watford shirt now. I have to defend this jersey until the last minute and until we get our promotion.”

Ighalo began his professional career in Nigeria with Prime before joining Julius Berger.

A switch to Norwegian side Lyn followed in 2007 and after nine goals in 20 outings across two seasons, Ighalo moved to Italy to join Udinese.

Used sparingly at Udinese in his first season, Ighalo joined Granada on loan for the 2009/10 campaign and netted 17 times to help the Andaluscian side to promotion.

Returning the following year, the former Nigerian Under-20 cap scored five times as Granada completed back-to-back promotions to reach La Liga.

A brief stint with Serie A outfit Cesena in 2010 proved unsuccessful and Ighalo returned to Los Carmenes to score 12 league goals in his next three seasons as Granada retained their top-flight status.

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3:23pm Wed 30 Jul 14

stiffler99 says...

Trouble is we usually let the goals in during that last minute!
Trouble is we usually let the goals in during that last minute! stiffler99
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3:27pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Andrew1963 says...

They should get the boy to work in the Marketing & Press team, he says all the right things!
They should get the boy to work in the Marketing & Press team, he says all the right things! Andrew1963
  • Score: 9

3:44pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Bobbyhowfield says...

looks like a you Eusebio
lets hope he plays like him !!
looks like a you Eusebio lets hope he plays like him !! Bobbyhowfield
  • Score: 7

3:44pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Bobbyhowfield says...

I meant " young"
I meant " young" Bobbyhowfield
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3:59pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Another Michel Ngonge ?? I won't mind if he ends the season muttering obscenities under his breath as he's substituted during a play off final win.
Another Michel Ngonge ?? I won't mind if he ends the season muttering obscenities under his breath as he's substituted during a play off final win. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: -10

4:39pm Wed 30 Jul 14

AMP4WFC says...

A player with passion. Seems like the right type of player this year.
A player with passion. Seems like the right type of player this year. AMP4WFC
  • Score: 12

7:03pm Wed 30 Jul 14

1\1881 says...

stiffler99 wrote:
Trouble is we usually let the goals in during that last minute!
A friend of mine lives in granada and follows the team - he's described this guy as ' a cult hero who reminds him of a young eto, who leaves it all on the pitch' - just what our mighty team needs. The fact that 800 fans bombarded the club requesting that he remains in Spain say's it all. Forza the horns
[quote][p][bold]stiffler99[/bold] wrote: Trouble is we usually let the goals in during that last minute![/p][/quote]A friend of mine lives in granada and follows the team - he's described this guy as ' a cult hero who reminds him of a young eto, who leaves it all on the pitch' - just what our mighty team needs. The fact that 800 fans bombarded the club requesting that he remains in Spain say's it all. Forza the horns 1\1881
  • Score: 6

7:37pm Wed 30 Jul 14

stiffler99 says...

1\1881 wrote:
stiffler99 wrote:
Trouble is we usually let the goals in during that last minute!
A friend of mine lives in granada and follows the team - he's described this guy as ' a cult hero who reminds him of a young eto, who leaves it all on the pitch' - just what our mighty team needs. The fact that 800 fans bombarded the club requesting that he remains in Spain say's it all. Forza the horns
I wasn't criticising . It was supposed to be a spot of humour but clearly lost on the likes of some.
[quote][p][bold]1\1881[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stiffler99[/bold] wrote: Trouble is we usually let the goals in during that last minute![/p][/quote]A friend of mine lives in granada and follows the team - he's described this guy as ' a cult hero who reminds him of a young eto, who leaves it all on the pitch' - just what our mighty team needs. The fact that 800 fans bombarded the club requesting that he remains in Spain say's it all. Forza the horns[/p][/quote]I wasn't criticising . It was supposed to be a spot of humour but clearly lost on the likes of some. stiffler99
  • Score: 3

8:26pm Wed 30 Jul 14

only5foot3 says...

the new tommy mooney?
the new tommy mooney? only5foot3
  • Score: 1

2:50am Thu 31 Jul 14

watfordman says...

looks like to me this owner is using watford f c as a wholesaling club to bring in players from the other clubs he owns and sell them on . i maybe wrong.
looks like to me this owner is using watford f c as a wholesaling club to bring in players from the other clubs he owns and sell them on . i maybe wrong. watfordman
  • Score: 1

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