Red-hot Ighalo will NOT leave Watford in January, insists Quique Sanchez Flores

first_img1 Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores insists in-form frontman Odion Ighalo will NOT be leaving the club in January.The Hornets boss hailed the ‘clever’ 26-year-old Nigerian’s decision to stay with the club in the summer, after going on to fire 12 goals in 17 Premier League appearances.Ighalo’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.And Flores is adament Ighalo will stay at the side 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.”Watford’s eighth win of the season lifts the Hornets to within just one point of the Premier League’s coveted top four, but Flores is refusing to change his pre-season expectations.The former Getafe manager continues to target 40 points to ensure top-flight survival.“No, it would be a very big mistake to change our thinking,” said Flores. “It’s not clever: no, no, no. We have to keep the continuity.“The idea in the club is very clear. We’re just thinking about the need to grow.“We need to establish ourselves in the Premier League, this is what we need. We are evolving with this idea, so to lose perspective would be very bad for us.” Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores with striker Odion Ighalo last_img read more