‘Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo Not Different From Papiss Cisse’ – Bent

Odion Ighalo Different Papiss Cisse

Former Tottenham forward, Darren Bent has spoken on how pleased he is with Odion Ighalo's fast start to life at Manchester United, comparing him to Papiss Cisse's time at Newcastle United.

Ighalo has scored four goals in eight appearances for United, winning the hearts of fans in the process.

Cisse played for Newcastle between January 2011 and June 2016. His maiden campaign saw him hit 13 goals in 14 appearances for the Magpies including an audacious strike in a 2-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The 30-year-old Nigerian himself scored 15 goals in his maiden Premier League season with Watford during the 2015-16 campaign.

“He's [Ighalo] holding up the ball really well, scoring goals and very much like reminds me of the Ighalo we saw at Watford when he had that season where he was fantastic, scoring between 15 and 20 [goals] and it looks like he's got that confidence back,” Bent said on talkSPORT.

“He might go a chunk of games without scoring goals, but once he finds the back of the net, he just goes on a roll.

“He kind of reminds me of Papiss Cisse. He had that season where he came in and scored goals and everything, he hit like the one at Chelsea, shouldn't go in but it flies into the corner.”

The former England international says he had no doubts about Ighalo's quality after there was initial doubts about United's choice of signing him, particularly as a last-minute buy on transfer deadline day in January.

“I know a lot of people question the signing, but I was always one that said it does make a little bit of sense,” Bent continued.

“They [Manchester United didn't seem to get hold of anybody and he was willing to come there and take a pay cut from what he was earning [in China].

“He's got pedigree in the Premier League. He's been up to speed and has been absolutely brilliant. Whether they will keep him beyond this season, I can't see it, but at the minute, he's been absolutely fantastic.

“Everything has gone well for Ighalo. Manchester United have not had to pay much money for him and he wasn’t to be there.

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“He's spoken about how much he loves Manchester United. He's been a shining light and someone they [United] needed.”

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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