Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has lauded Odion Ighalo after the striker scored twice in the Hornets 2-0 victory over West Ham.
Ighalo capitalised on some generous defending to striker either side of half-time in a win which move Watford up to ninth in the Premier League.
The Nigerian forward scored 20 goals in 38 Championship appearances last season, before rejecting a big-money move abroad to sign a new five-year deal at Vicarage Road in the summer.
“Ighalo took a very important decision to stay at Watford. It was a brilliant idea,” said Flores.
“He is a wonderful man who stayed here because his future here at Watford is really big. He is already an important player for us.”
The 26-year-old is now joint-second in the Premier League goalscoring charts with seven, but played down his role and instead chose to praise his team-mates.
“I’m happy about my goals, but I’m most pleased about the team performance. We played very well and we deserved the win and the three points,” he told the club’s official website.
“We’ve been performing great this season and we’ve been working hard together. The team have been pushing. We run for each other, we fight for each other, and it’s been great.”