Friday 21 October 2016

Flores sure Hornets can keep hold of Ighalo

Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo

Quique Sanchez Flores believes Watford are ready to fend off any January offers for star striker Odion Ighalo.

Watford boss Flores hailed Ighalo as "completely clever" for staying with the Hornets in the summer, after going on to fire 12 goals in 17 English Premier League appearances.

The 26-year-old's brace sunk Liverpool in Sunday's 3-0 win at Vicarage Road, leaving Watford toasting four consecutive top-flight victories for the first time since 1987.

Watford's Spanish boss Flores remains confident Ighalo (pictured) will stay at Vicarage Road until the end of the season, even though his top form will doubtless attract a string of suitors.

"I think Ighalo is completely clever, he chose five months ago the option to stay here with Watford," said Flores.

"He chose to stay here because he imagined something special for him. It's very clever, he knew perfectly it was the best option for him.

"I think he'll finish the season with Watford, after that anybody knows.

"We have amazing strikers, but we have the facility to score every single match because we create attempts.

"I admire these players because we create a plan, then they supersede the expectation I create before the match."

Captain Troy Deeney and strike partner Ighalo terrorised Liverpool's hapless defence in north London on Sunday, the Reds unable to contain Watford's in-form duo. Both table-toppers Leicester and high-riding Watford have made a success in reviving the out-of-vogue 4-4-2 formation this term.

Watford manager Flores revealed the key to fielding two strikers revolves around challenging both front men to drop into a regimented cordon in defence.

"If you are playing with two strikers separate to the rest of the players it's very difficult to stop other teams," said Flores.

"If you're playing 30 to 35 matches with fewer players when defending then you can tire. So that's the key: when we are playing with two strikers and we have the ball we have a lot of possibilities."

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