Watford must ease the burden on Odion Ighalo

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Eight games into the Premier League season and Watford are flexing their muscles in amongst the juggernauts of English football. Sitting a very respectable 12th in the table, the Hornets have only been defeated twice and are yet to concede at Vicarage Road from open play.

However, one issue does hang over the club’s start to the season as it seems only one player in their squad has that finishing knack at the moment. Of the six goals scored this season by Quique Flores’ men, five have been executed by Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo. The lack of goal scoring distribution throughout the squad is cause for concern.

Aside from Ighalo, Mexican left back Miguel Layún is the only other Watford player to find the net this term but only 23 days after scoring at Goodison Park found himself sent out on loan to FC Porto.


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Even club captain Troy Deeney is yet to get off the mark in the league this season and this is a striker with 66 goals over the last three campaigns. The English forward has laid plenty on a plate for Ighalo but with such a barren start the frustration will only snowball out of control.

There is little doubt that Watford possess a formidable defence, after all no team in the league has conceded less goals than the Vicarage Road side, but attacking numbness must be worrying Hornet fans.

However, whilst Ighalo continues to smash home the goals the issue is likely to be brushed under the carpet. When the Nigerian’s goals dry up the situation may look bleak for Flores who will be desperate to avoid four games without a goal, like the club endured in late August.

With second in the table Arsenal making the trip to Vicarage Road on Saturday, Watford supporters better keep their fingers crossed that Ighalo stays fit and in form or that at long last someone else chips in with the goods.

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