Nigeria international, Odion Ighalo has been named the best player in the English Premiership for the month of December. Ighalo scored five goals during the month, including two in the emphatic 3-0 win over Liverpool. Also nominated for the player of the month prize were Mesut Özil, Marko Arnautovic, Riyad Mahrez, Romelu Lukaku and Dele Alli to the award.
His coach at Watford, Quique Sánchez Flores also won the coach of the month.
Meanwhile Odion Ighalo has rubbished speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United in the January transfer window. The 26-year-old Nigerian is reportedly a transfer target for United boss Louis van Gaal, but Ighalo has insisted he will stay at Vicarage Road for the time being.
The forward recently admitted he would find it hard to reject a move to Old Trafford. However, he appears to have performed a dramatic U-turn, saying he is committed to Watford.
He was quoted by Sky Sports as saying: “When the gaffer took over he really told us what he wanted, and I worked hard in pre-season. I knew the step up from the Championship to the Premier League would be difficult because I was going to meet more experienced defenders and big teams, so I have put a lot of work in, and that has been paying off.
“I am a Watford player. I have a five-year contract, I am happy and the fans love me. I am enjoying my football here and I am not in a hurry to go anywhere.”