Emmanuel Dennis became the second player after Étienne Capoue to score Watford’s first home and away goals in a Premier League campaign.
Dennis scored inside the opening 17th minutes as he connected with a cross from his teammate Kiko to finish emphatically beyond Norwich goalkeeper.
A predatory instinct that is defining his revival after an unfruitful loan spell in the German Bundesliga with FC Koln.
From a skinny boy invited to the Nigeria national U15 team in 2012, Dennis was just one from the talent pool of young players scouted through the NFF’s yearly U13/U15 tournament.
Despite missing out on an opportunity to feature in the Nike cup for Nigeria, Dennis got another chance in Europe.
After ditching promotion to the 2013 U17 set, Dennis got a lucky breakthrough a move to FC Zorya in Ukraine.
Denis menaced his way into the first team, hitting a goal on his debut, a 3-0 victory over Olimpik Donetsk.
With interest from top clubs coming his way, Dennis joined Club Brugge of Belgium in May 2017.
Another debut goal in a 3-3 draw with İstanbul-Başakşehir in a third-round champions league game to endear him to fans
Dennis has developed into a modern-day forward who can play anywhere in the front three.
The transformation is a departure from the young boy in the Nigeria U15 team.
Former NFF technical director Siji Lagunji saw him in his raw form.
“As at that time, he was a very technical player, very good with dribbling and, that was the major problem he had. Because when he had the ball, the first thing he wants to do is to take on everybody that comes his way, and he was very frail, very thin, if I can say that, very smallish.”
Like Ighalo, Like Emmanuel Dennis
From the young boy in the cold of Ukraine to the man in Watford, Dennis is seeking to thrive just like former Nigerian national team striker Odion Ighalo.
Just like Odion Ighalo, Dennis scored on his English premier league debut for Watford.
He will also be in the race to reach Odion’s goals tally of 15 goals in the 2015/2016 season.
Dennis has three goals involvement (two goals and one assist) in four Premier League games for the Hornets this season.
Furthermore, the path of Ighalo and Dennis are looking similar with the burgeoning strike partnership with Ismaila Sarr in attack.
Ighalo’s deadly partnership with former captain Troy Deeney produced a combined 67 goals to help the hornets gain promotion.
They both took the form to the EPL.
Dennis is menacing his way into the hearts of Hornets fans getting his first nod in August.
Voted Player of the Month for August last week, Dennis is the second player after Étienne Capoue to score Watford’s first home and away goals in a Premier League campaign.