Former Udinese and Granada striker Odion Ighalo tipped to become an important player at Watford

Odion Ighalo had his first run-out for Watford last night. Picture: Peter Beal

Odion Ighalo had his first run-out for Watford last night. Picture: Peter Beal

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Watford head coach Beppe Sannino believes new signing Odion Ighalo will become an important player for the club.

The Nigerian striker signed a year-long loan deal from sister club Udinese on Tuesday and had his first Hornets outing last night against Coventry City.

"Ighalo is an important player," Sannino said after the match. "He has technical quality and is fast, and in English football that is very important."

Ighalo came on in the 77th minute at Boreham Wood's Meadow Park ground and played on the left of a front three.

When asked if the 25-year-old will be used as a striker or as a wide player, Sannino replied: "I’ll try now. He played tonight because it was a gift for him because he only arrived yesterday."

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 Andalusian 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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4:56pm Thu 31 Jul 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

I'm starting to wonder what Ranegie's role will be if Deeney stays...

Ighalo sounds decent - and, from what I've read, his attitude seems to be absolutely top drawer. Good luck to him!
I'm starting to wonder what Ranegie's role will be if Deeney stays... Ighalo sounds decent - and, from what I've read, his attitude seems to be absolutely top drawer. Good luck to him! JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 18

7:04pm Thu 31 Jul 14

SuperHorns says...

Looks like we are accommodating to last year's forward injury crisis. At least we won't need Anya to play a central striking role any longer. Was not a fan to be honest.
Looks like we are accommodating to last year's forward injury crisis. At least we won't need Anya to play a central striking role any longer. Was not a fan to be honest. SuperHorns
  • Score: 5

9:59pm Thu 31 Jul 14

D.unstable says...

Looking like we have top competition for places right across the park this year, rather than a makeshift option to cover injury or suspension. Just need a decent back up keeper and unless any major departures we are there.

Looking forward to seeing a few of the newbies on Saturday.
Looking like we have top competition for places right across the park this year, rather than a makeshift option to cover injury or suspension. Just need a decent back up keeper and unless any major departures we are there. Looking forward to seeing a few of the newbies on Saturday. D.unstable
  • Score: 4

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