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EPL: How Odion Ighalo Can Be A Threat To Struggling Anthony Martial




Odion Ighalo

Manchester United announced the signing of Odion Ighalo on-loan on deadline day.

The African Nations Cup golden boot winner once tasted the Premier League football with Watford where he was involved in 20 Premier League goals in 55 outings before he opted to join the Chinese League due to lack of playing time.

The highest-paid Nigeria player enjoyed his time in the Asia Continent, the forward played for 2 different teams in the Chinese League.

The 30-years-old striker spent three years in the Chinese League scoring 46 League goals in 72 league appearances for both Changchun Yatai and Shanghai Greenland Shenhua before he chose to join  the Red Devils on 6 months Loan.

Manchester United opted to sign the Nigeria forward as a back-up for injured Marcus Rashford who has been United outstanding player this season. The England international has scored 19 goals across all competition, breaking his 12 goals jinks per season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave the young talented forward the advanced role, the winger always start the game at left wings, but he is often found in the opposition box thereby switching his role with Antonio Martial. 

Anthony Martial has been relied upon as the ideal man to lead the attack in absence of the England striker, the France international only goal in 6 matches was against Tranmere in the FA cup, the league side was trash 6 nil by Manchester  United.

The young forward has often been criticized by United fans, as he was not able to replicate Rasford’s form, Although the 24-years-old has scored 12 goals this season assisting 3 goals when playing with Rashford. 

Defenders now focus on the France international, meaning he may have limited chances on the pitch of play since the team currently lack another forward who can provide threat to opposition defenders thereby reducing the workload on Martial.

Martial struggles might force Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to start the Nigeria Forward up-front with the hope that he might turn things around at Old Trafford.

Ighalo who is bigger and faster than the France international can take-on two defenders with his physique and strength thereby giving opportunity for others to create havoc in the opposition defends.

The Nigeria centre- forward is comfortable finishing with both feet and with his head, the majority of his goals come as volleys from quick crosses, runs in-behind or quick-reaction finishes in the penalty area, this technique makes him a handful for every defender.

His shooting rate will always be an added advantage at Old Trafford, most of the shot on goal have been from Marcus Rashford.

Manchester United had lost their 5th position to Tottenham in the Premier League, they also share point with Wolves in the EPL Table. 

Their match against Chelsea will determine their UEFA Championships League fate.

With Ighalo upfront, both Rudiger and Christensen will focus more on him rather than pushing the attack forward. 

Interviewer, Professional journalist for thewistle