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Odion Ighalo understands frustration at second half of season

Odion Ighalo accepts his form in the second half of the season was not good and says that, one day, he would like to play again under Quique Sanchez Flores.

Ighalo banged in 14 goals by the end of January but he only scored one league goal thereafter amid a series of lacklustre performances.

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“The second part of last season was not really good for me because I was going through so many challenges which really affected me but I don’t want to give that as an excuse,” Ighalo told Completesportsnigeria.com. “Sometimes strikers do go on a goal drought but nobody is going to kill themselves for that. [Olivier] Giroud also went on some drought as well at Arsenal. These are good strikers who earn more than me. I know why people were complaining because I took everyone unawares at the beginning of the season, so they all expected more. My father’s illness and all affected me.”

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Ighalo’s father passed away in April. “My father was in his late 90s but was healthy and never complained of being sick,” Odion’s brother, Daniel Ighalo, told Daily Sunsports. “We were all shocked because nothing was wrong with him.”

Ighalo was given the opportunity by Sanchez Flores to go to Lagos to be with his family but stayed and finished the season under the Spaniard, with whom he enjoyed a good relationship.

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“He is a very calm guy and it’s painful he’s not going to continue with Watford because the target now is to earn a Europa League spot due to the way we played in the first half of the season,” he said.

“Quique Sanchez Flores just signed for Espanyol (today) and I wish him all the very best. If the opportunity for me to play for him again comes I will gladly honour it. Since I joined Watford I’ve played under five different coaches and I will offer my best to the team next season,” he added.