Ighalo Could Turn The Biggest Laughing Stock In The Premier League – Merson
Ighalo Could Turn The Biggest Laughing Stock In The Premier League: Paul Merson is of the opinion that the signing of Odion Ighalo who is yet to have his debut match, could spell disaster which will land Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in big trouble.
The formal Arsenal midfielder, Merson, is one out of many who doubt the ability of the Nigerian.
He said the signing might turn to be a huge success, but it could also turn the biggest laughing stock the English League has ever seen.
Ighalo left the Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua on a loan deal to join Manchester United at the end of the January transfer window.
The one time Watford player has spent the last three years playing in China and has not played a competitive match since the 6th of December, but he does have a past experience of the Premier League finding the back of the net 16 times in 55 appearances while at Watford.
Below is Merson’s opinion which he wrote in his column for the Daily Star…
“Odion Ighalo could be the final straw at Manchester United. If that signing is a disaster then Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are in big trouble. Don’t get me wrong. He could rediscover the form he once had at Watford and be a huge success. But he could be the biggest laughing stock the Premier League has ever seen,”
“Only time will tell. But remember, the last time he was here he only scored once in 18 games before Watford sold him and he’ll have gotten lazy playing in China. I’ve heard people compare it with Henrik Larsson because nobody expected him to still be any good when United signed him either.
“But Larsson had been world class. He had scored goals in major tournaments and won big trophies. And he still had his finishing and his movement. Ighalo doesn’t have any of that on his CV and he’s coming into a struggling team. The biggest one he’s ever played for.
“It’s a big ask, and if it all goes horribly wrong it will just pile more pressure on the manager because you’re always judged on your signings as well as your results.”