Odion Ighalo has taken time to rediscover his best form after leaving Manchester United. But his recent performances for Shabab show he still has plenty to offer.
The 31-year-old has scored four goals and provided two assists in his last three appearances, helping his team to back-to-back 5-1 victories in the process.
Ighalo only managed three goals in his first nine outings for his new club. But he has shaken off the dust to go on an impressive run he will hope to continue this weekend.
Ighalo started his United career in fine form. But he was only ever signed as a short-term replacement for the then-injured Marcus Rashford.
That was long before United had Edinson Cavani in their ranks. These days, United’s forward line looks far more effective, with Mason Greenwood another year older and improving alongside the experienced Uruguayan.
Ighalo’s new side recently lost to table-toppers Al-Hilal and then slipped to another defeat. As a result, their title challenge was hanging by a thread.
Yet 10 goals and two wins on the bounce have restored confidence and the former United loanee has certainly played his part.
That is the kind of consistency he never would have got at United once everyone was fit.
Regular play is key
Ighalo did exactly what he was signed to do at United. He scored in the absence of Rashford, before football’s shutdown ensured the latter returned to full fitness and the former slipped out of the reckoning.
Such was Ighalo’s form before the break. he could well have been deemed as successful as Henrik Larsson. But no one could have foreseen what happened in the wider world.
Now Ighalo is making up for lost time. He still has plenty of gas in the tank and his recent goal-scoring run is testament to his talent.
He is both scoring and providing for others. That unselfish nature is yet another reason he was brought to United.
He will always be remembered fondly among the Old Trafford faithful. He got to live his dream and made no secret of that.
Alongside playing, Ighalo is also working hard off the pitch.
The striker opened an orphanage in Nigeria for a reported cost of £1million and he continues to raise substantial funds through his foundation.
He is making a huge difference in his homeland and has clearly never forgotten his roots.