Two In, Two Out For Watford?
Posted by Sean Walker | Published on July 21, 2016
This week has seen Watford sign two full-backs in Brice Dja Djedje and Camilo Zuniga. Which is great news for everyone involved at the club, but two…
Brice Dja Djedje
Watford, earlier today, announced the signing right-back Brice Dja Djedje from Marseille on a four-year deal. The fee is reportedly £3 million, which is worth peanuts in today’s market. The Ivorian will further bolster Watford’s options at the wing-back position in Mazzarri’s 3-5-2 formation he is going to play next season. The Ivorian is going to have to fight for his place, with Nyom and Paredes already right-backs at the club. Zuniga another option to play right-back to fit Holebas in at left-back.
What does this transfer mean for Nyom and Paredes?
It puts both their futures at risk, although they were probably already at risk. Paredes was unhappy with his lack of game time, but when he gets his chance, he doesn’t impress. With his most memorable moment of the season is throwing a football at Daley Blind’s face, I think he will jump ships at the first chance he gets.
Nyom had a good start to the season, however, he was becoming more and more of a liability as the season went on. I travelled to Stevenage, and walking out the ground I heard several times people say, “Nyom played okay today, he didn’t play well, but at least he didn’t play bad like he usually does.” That is not good enough. Although I see him staying, I also see Nyom getting considerably less time in the starting eleven. Which, I for one, would be happy to see that change.
Zuniga has signed from Napoli on loan with a view to make that move a permanent one at the end of the season. The 30-year-old played for the new Watford boss Walter Mazzarri during Walter’s time at Napoli. Zuniga will provide pace going forward, which is his strongest attribute to his game. The 3-5-2 formation will give the Colombian the freedom to go up, knowing that he has three defenders back to cover for him.
All these signings just show how far Watford have come, and how far the Pozzo’s intend to go. Getting rid of the weak links in the side and replacing them with high-quality players. It is a good time to be a Watford fan, that’s for sure.