Watford attacker Odion Ighalo became the outright leading scorer in England with 17 goals after finding the net during his side’s 2-2 draw at Everton on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
The Nigeria international was relatively unheard of 12 months ago, initially joining the Hornets on loan from Udinese as part of the Pozzo family’s attempts to lead a promotion charge.
He arrived at the club alongside a number of other foreign players, and not much was expected of him due to a rather mediocre La Liga record with fellow Pozzo-owned club Granada.
However, after finally breaking his Watford duck in the 2-1 win over Brentford last September, the goals started to flow, with 16 of his 20 Championship goals coming after the turn of the year.
Ighalo played a key role in the club’s promotion to the Premier League, and he marked his English top-flight debut with another striker in the 2-2 draw at Everton – a significant goal in more ways than one.
17 - Odion Ighalo has scored the most goals of any player in England's top four tiers in 2015. Prospect.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 8, 2015
As per Opta Stats, his second-half strike at Goodison Park makes him the outright top scorer in England’s top four divisions in 2015, more than the likes of Harry Kane and Chelsea’s Diego Costa.
The 26-year-old will be key to the Hornets’ survival chances this season, with his partnership alongside Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra expected to fire in enough goals over the course of the campaign.