Almen Abdi: Sheffield Wednesday Bound
Posted by Sean Walker | Published on July 26, 2016
As reported by WD Sport, Almen Abdi left Watford’s pre-season training camp in Austria early with talk of him going to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.
With Almen Abdi leaving a day before a bore 0-0 draw against Anzhi Makhachkala, it looks like Abdi’s job at Watford is done. There was no injury or fitness problem with him, it is thought to be that a bid has been accepted from The Owls, who also bought then Watford player Fernando Forestieri.
The Swiss international has left us Watford fans with some great memories. His goal vs Fulham, Stoke and Wolves just a name a few. Abdi was one of the handful of players who came from Udinese Calcio, some say he was the best out of them all, but his time at the Hertfordshire club is sadly over.
Why Is Abdi Leaving?
Watford’s number 22 is leaving for two reasons. The first one is that he does not fit Walter Mazzarri’s 3-5-2 formation. In pre-season, he played at the full-back position, which, like under ex-coach Quique Sanchez Flores, didn’t work out. Surely he can play in the no.10 role? He can play there, and that is the position that suits him best. But at the age of 29, he won’t want to play second fiddle to Amrabat, or a potential new signing.
Another reason why he is leaving, is because Watford are over the limit of foreign players you can have at the club, we would be over the limit by one if Abdi leaves. With Berghuis going out on loan to Feyenoord according to reports across Holland, and a new signing coming in, we need room for that potential signing. Assuming he is not classed as homegrown, Watford will have to show the door to another player.
The only good that can come of this transfer is that Watford will be bringing in a replacement, an improvement on Abdi. Sheffield Wednesday will have one of the best midfielders in the league on their hands, and for all the memories you gave us, I thank you Almen.