We had earlier written about the wonderful exploits Odion Ighalo seems to have been doing this season as a player of Watford FC in the English Premier League, his goal scoring exploits have finally paid off after being named as the Barclays Player of the Month for December.
The award was won along with his coach, Quique Sanchez Flores, who bagged the Barclays Coach of the Month for the same month. This is actually the first time any player or coach have picked up the award from Watford FC though.
Watford’s run that month was helped in small part by the form in front of goal of Ighalo. The Nigerian scored five goals in December, with his strike originally credited to him against Chelsea chalked off by the Goal Accreditations Panel.
Ighalo said: “I’m grateful because the Premier League have seen the work I’m putting on and winning this award is one of the best in my career so far because this is my first season in the league.”
The striker has 13 goals in the BPL for the season and beat Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli, who were also on the shortlist.
His coach, Flores, who is in his first season in charge in the competition, guided Watford to three wins, including a 3-0 victory over Liverpool, as well as a 2-2 draw away to Chelsea.
After collecting the award, he said: “This is a new experience for me, a new league, a new competition. To receive this award from the Premier League in December, the hardest month, is amazing. I am really pleased.”
Flores emerged victorious from a shortlist of Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri (W3 D1 L1), Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger (W4 L1) and Crystal Palace’s Alan Pardew (W2 D3 L0).