Nigerian International and Watford of England forward Odion Ighalo has revealed that he is eyeing a place on the highest goalscorers chat at the end of the season.
Speaking with TheCable after receiving his award as the EPL player of the month of December, he also expressed his loyalty to Watford fans in spite of persistent stories linking him with a transfer to the top club sides in England and Europe, adding that his present success will not make him complacent.
“First and foremost, it’s an honour to win the December EPL player award. I give God all the glory for it. I am very happy because it is a thing of joy for me and also my career. So, I thank my team mates for making that possible for me,” he said.
However, he admitted his disappointment that his goal against Chelsea was nullified and credited as an own goal by Gary Cahill.
“I’ll say I feel a little disappointed but that is their rule. And you cannot fault them abiding by their rules,” he said.
“That is gone. I don’t want to dwell on it too much. I am just thinking of the next game we will be playing, because that’s in the past now. It’s how to give my best in the next game that is on my mind right now. That’s the most important thing.”
On the transfer stories daily linking him to big clubs in Europe due to his consistent goal scoring form, he said: “I don’t feel pressured in anyway with all the transfer stories flying around about me. It’s my job. I know that I am doing well and i’ll keep doing well.
“It is because of this that there are so many stories making the rounds in the transfer market. All I just want to keep doing is to keep scoring more goals possibly in every game while hoping and praying to be in the highest goal scorer chat at the end of the season, which is still a long way to go.”
On his loyalty to Watford, he said: “Watford fans know I am loyal to them, that I am happy to play for Watford week in, week out; that I give my best to the team all the time and. I’m not thinking of any transfer for now.”
He refused to be drawn into the prolonged supremacy comparison between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, saying: “Messi is a good player. Ronaldo is a good player. Neymar is a good player.
“Everyone has their own opinion about who is the better. Player. I think Ronaldo is still one of the best in the world. But I think the two of them are good players.”
He concluded by stating that he would not get carried away by all the praise for him, including the prediction by Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), that he will soon win the African footballer of the year Award, which has eluded the country for years.
“Well, in life, anything is possible. I want to thank President Amaju Pinnick for saying that. But for me to do that i’ll have keep working hard and not relying on what I have achieved in the past but to keep working for more successes,” he said.
“And I think in life anything is possible with God. But I don’t want to go crazy about that. I just want to keep working hard, getting the results and let’s see what the future holds.”