Ighalo has matured into an excellent centre-forward, whose hold-up play and harrassing of defenders was evident in the recent Emirates FA Cup win at Norwich City, when he was perhaps unfortunate not to win the Man-of-the-Match award. It was another chance for the loan signing from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua to display his qualities in that role, as part of a much-changed side.
“Anthony Martial is very skilful,” he explained.
“He’s a direct striker. He
likes to play with the ball at his feet. Rashy l[Marcus Rashford] likes
to run in behind. I think I bring different things
to the strikers we have. I can play with my
back to goal, I can keep the ball. I’m strong so
it’s different, you know, and for the different
games, we play different patterns and
with different strategies.
“So it’s good to
have different types of striker in order
to accomplish what you want.
“I think I’ve gained more experience now and I
push my game a little bit more than when I was at
Watford. I think I’m even stronger now than I was
then and have a bit more fighting ability to give,
plus I have the experience to do what it takes
on the field to score goals and to help the
team. I feel I have improved from then to now.”