Watford FC – A Big Summer Ahead
Posted by Sean Walker | Published on April 6, 2017
Watford sit 12th placed in the league table, with inconsistent form and bad luck with injuries, Watford have a massive window ahead of them. Here is what I ideally would like to happen.
Players Coming In
Jorge Meré – Sporting Gijon
Jorge Meré was born in Spain, and has recently been called up the Spanish under-21’s side, at the age of just 19 years of age. Turning down a move to the Premier League last season, he has established himself in this Sporting side. He is comfortable on the ball, and with Sporting set to be relegated, Meré could be tempted by top flight football in England.
Pickford, after several loan spells away from the club, has established himself as Sunderland’s starting goalkeeper. He has been included in the England first team setup despite being just 23 years old, and with Gomes on his very last legs, he would be a perfect buy. His talent and homegrown quota will mean that he will not be cheap, however, Pickford will not want to be playing in the championship next season – it would be a very logical transfer for both parties. Against The Hornets, he was undoubtedly man of the match. Walter Mazzarri commented on the goalkeeper’s distribution, “I’ve never seen a keeper who’s so good with his feet.”
A more unlikely deal to occur, but one that is much needed. After spending two years on loan at Wolfsburg, they exercised their option to buy Guilavogui permanently on a three-year deal for a fee of €3m. This season he has only managed to play five games, and with Wolfsburg sat in 15th position, Premier League football – and wages – could tempt him into moving to Vicarage Road.
The talented youngster from former European giants AC Milan has signed on loan, with a view to make the deal a permanent one in the summer for £14m. He has impressed thus far, scoring a cracking goal against West Brom a couple days ago to all but secure Watford’s safety in the Premier League. Niang is eager to stay too, saying, “I have real opportunities still ahead of me. If I do everything I can, I’m convinced I’ll improve and succeed.”
Players Going Out
For four million pounds, Stefano Okaka has not been a bad purchase, scoring three goals in eleven games – scoring two goals in a crucial 3-2 win over Everton. In fact, Watford are likely to make a profit, but keeping him is not an option. When Okaka and Deeney are on the pitch at the same time, it encourages the defenders to play it long, and as Watford fans have found out, that does not work too well. He does not fit into the team, and Watford are much better without him.
I, and other Watford fans, do not see Watson as surplus to requirements. Watson covers a lot of ground, is comfortable with the ball and has a great attitude. Despite this, if he is not playing, he is useless. Selling him would free up funds to sign a player in his position.
After a bad start at Watford, Mario Suarez has failed to connect with the Valencia faithful, with the club counting down the days until his loan spell expires. Do not be fooled by his 21 appearances, he has not impressed Voro or anyone else at Valencia for that matter. With the several central midfielders at the club, I cannot see Mario Suarez getting an opportunity to show his worth.
The 6 foot 4 inches striker struggled to get minutes under Quique Sanchez Flores last season, and has since been loaned out to two different Belgian teams, Zulte Waregem and Willem II. Oulare has also managed to break into the Belgium under 21’s team. The potential is there, but his ability comes into question. Watford would be able to recoup most of the 6 million pounds spent on the target man, unfortunately his future does not belong at Watford.
Juan Carlos Paredes
The Ecuadorian failed to make it into Watford’s squad until he was sent out on loan to Olympiakos in January. He is a liability, and not the most composed player with the ball by his feet. Juan Carlos Paredes is another player who helped The Hornets gain promotion, but has failed to cut it in the top flight.