August, 14 2021
Emmanuel Dennis is the fourth Nigerian to score on his Premier League debut after John Utaka, Peter Odemwingie and Odion Ighalo.
The former U 23 star under the tutelage of Coach Imama Amapakabo was the man of the match in a five goal thriller.
The former Abuja college scored the first goal of the match and gave assist to Saar for the second goal of the match .
He became the fourth Nigerian to have ever scored on his debut.
Nigerian forward opened his goal account in the English Premier League for Watford and grabbed another assist as Xisco’s men claimed a 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.
Three Super Eagles stars made the starting lineup for the home side, with centre-back William Troost-Ekong and midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo also making their EPL bow. Dennis was replaced in the 66th minute, moments before Juan Hernandez made it three-nil to Xisco’s men in a dream return to the English top-flight.
John McGinn later reduced the deficit, and Danny Ings netted a penalty. Still, it was ultimately not enough for an Aston Villa side who missed their talisman Jack Grealish, who is now a Manchester City star.
But Watford would care little about the cheap late goals conceded and be pleased with an opening day victory, crafted in no small way by Dennis.
Odion Ighalo amassed 40 goals and 11 assists in 100 appearances in a storied three-year spell at Watford to create a lasting bond with the club’s passionate supporters.
But on the back of his incredible Premier League debut, Dennis would have warmed himself into the heart of the Hornets’ fans, and this could be the start of another heroic story for another Nigerian striker on Vicarage Road.