Changchun Yatai of China striker, Odion Jude Ighalo on Wednesday went top of the goals scorers’ charts in the Chinese Super League, as he fired home his 14th goal of the ongoing campaign.
In taking his tally just a goal shy of his total of last season, the 29-year-old Ighalo was glad to help his side fight back and get a 3-1 win away to Beijing Renhe.
Ighalo first scored in the 25th minute and then converted a penalty kick six minutes from time to help Changchun Yatai move up to seventh on the CSL table, with 24 points from 18 matches.
Omeruo Retains Hope For Stamford Bridge Future
Leganes of Spain new arrival, Kenneth Omeruo insists he still has a future at Chelsea of England, following his contract extension with The Blues before heading out to his new base.
Omeruo arrived Tuesday at the home of Leganes on the outskirts of Madrid and quickly set about preparing to sign their papers, but the Super Eagles star interjected that he will return to play for Chelsea’s main team sometime in the near future.
Omeruo has not been able to lay a claim for a spot in The Blues’ mainframe, since joining them in 2012, with several loan exits along the line, but he is still staying upbeat over his chances with the London club heading forward.
Such is his ambition and vision, even after agreeing a deal to join Leganes on loan for the rest of the season.
Omeruo had a routine medical on Tuesday, ahead of his official presentation by the club, where he will join Jose Arnaiz and Oscar Rodriguez as new players at the outfit that barely escaped relegation from La Liga last season.
Capped 40 times by Nigeria, the 24-year-old Omeruo will spend the season on loan with an option to make the move permanent for €5m next summer.
With Chelsea also agreeing a 20% future sale clause in the agreement, The Blues preferred Leganes’ offer for Omeruo to similar bids from three other Spanish clubs – Real Betis, Real Valladolid and Levante, as well as five in Turkey.
After spending the past three seasons in Turkey, Omeruo turned down interest from Goztepe, Besiktas, Bursaspor and two others, as he was attracted to the idea of living in Madrid and playing in La Liga.
Omeruo said: “I have started work already and I am looking forward to the first match of the season. I will play in the Spanish top league and hope to contribute my own quota to my new team.
“This is huge for me. It’s a new beginning in a new club with great sense of focus and I want to achieve something great this season.”