Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo looks to have justified his high price tag when he excelled with his skills, bag of tricks and a goal in his 8th match for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua on Sunday.
The 29-year-old played his 8th game for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in their 2-1 loss to Shenzhen FC.
He showed glimpses of why the club laboured to sign him from Changchun Yatai.
Several bookmakers were optimistic that the forward would be menacing in the match and they were not far from right as he terrorized the defence of Shenzhen with his pace and skills.
The striker was handed a starting role by coach Quique Flores and played the entire duration as he set up several scoring chances and the goal he scored was from the penalty spot.
However, his team fell to goals from Yuanyi Li and Harold Preciado at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre.
Ighalo’s performance was clear for all to see as in the 18th minute the Nigeria international broke free from the right side of the midfielder before cutting through the defence before setting up his teammate who couldn’t apply the finishing touch.
The pace of Ighalo kept the home side in their area as their defenders struggled to contain the former Watford player.
He was able to score from the penalty spot in the 74th minute of action. It was seventh goal of the campaign.
The Nigeria international completed his transfer to the Chinese side from Changchun Yatai on a two-year contract in February 2019 after Shanghai Shenhua paid in full €5.85 million transfer fee demanded by the relegated club.
The highlight of his career came in
the 2014/15 English Championship season for Watford when he scored four goals against Blackpool, bringing his name to the limelight in football circles.
With the next African Cup of Nations to take place this summer in Egypt, Ighalo is expected to lead the line for the Super Eagles.