Numbers say Idion Ighalo is the Premier League’s most important striker

Watford have found a golden striker with Idion Ighalo. The numbers prove he’s the Premier League’s most important gunner this season.

Ighalo has not been the most prolific striker this Premier League campaign. He’s hit the net 14 times this season, therefore trailing Romelu Lukaku and Jamie Vardy by one goal in the topscorer’s table.

But the 26-year-old Nigerian has the best goal ratio of any striker in the Premier League. By far… Ighalo has scored 56 per cent of all Watford’s goals.

The aforementioned Lukaku and Vardy come in second and third, with the Everton striker having scored 41.7 per cent of all The Toffees’ goals and the Leicester City striker 40.5 per cent of all The Foxes’ goals.

Here’s the full top ten (via Transfermarkt):



Ighalo has proven to be one of the Premier League’s best value buys. In 2014, he joined Watford on a permanent deal from Udinese, also owned by the Pozzo family. Today, he’s leading The Hornets to a solid 9th place in the Premier League.

He and Troy Deeney have scored a whopping 80 per cent of all Watford’s goals, with only Leicester’s Vardy and Riyad Mahrez coming close at 75.6 per cent. Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic and Bojan Krkic are third with a goal ratio of 57.1 per cent.


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