Troost-Ekong Explains Odion Ighalo’s Role in joining Watford


After penning a five-year deal with English Championship side Watford FC, William Troost-Ekong revealed he spoke to ex Watford Striker Odion Ighalo about the move.

Troost-Ekong completed a shock transfer from Serie A side Udinese to the lower rungs of English football on Tuesday, although both clubs are owned by the Pozzo Family.


The Nigeria International who had joined Udinese in 2018 from Bursaspor reached out to his former Super Eagles teammate Ighalo for advice.


Ighalo played three seasons at Watford and his 20 goals in the 2014-15 Championship campaign helped the club gain promotion back to the Premier League.


“Ighalo used to be my roommate. I spoke to Odion last week. He only had good things to say about the club. He’s a great guy, a fantastic player and like a big brother for me,” the new signing was quoted by the club’s website.


The Hornets were relegated last season but the 27 year-old Center Back described his move to Watford as “tactical”.


A Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate, Troost-Ekong believes Watford provides him a springboard to achieve his Premiership ambitions.


“It’s always been my dream to play in the Premier League and Watford has given me the platform now to get there. Looking at the squad, I believe we have the quality to do it,” he told BBC Sport.


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