Our next article takes us to Watford F.C., a club based in Hertfordshire, England. Watford was founded in the late 1880s, formed as a merger with another local club. They play at Vicarage Road, a ground with a traditional English feel to it. They were owned by Sir Elton John at one point, a man who still serves as honorary […]
Our next article takes us to Watford F.C., a club based in Hertfordshire, England.
Watford was founded in the late 1880s, formed as a merger with another local club. They play at Vicarage Road, a ground with a traditional English feel to it. They were owned by Sir Elton John at one point, a man who still serves as honorary Life President of the club, and even has a stand named after him.
The club is managed by Javi Gracia, who had some success last season leading the club to an FA Cup final. The Watford job is difficult, given the high rate of turnover for managers. The club finished 11th under his guidance, scoring 52 goals while conceding 59. A physical team, they have players like Etienne Capoue, Abdoulaye Doucore, and Troy Deeney who are all tough and will play the full 90 minutes.
Watford has only signed Craig Dawson this summer while releasing or selling quite a few players. They need some reinforcements before the window closes on August 8th. With Everton linked to sign Doucore, they certainly need to sign players.
The Hornets are linked with Ismaila Sarr from Rennes, which would give Watford a dynamic young winger. He had eight goals and six assists, which are a solid foundation to build on. He averaged just under two dribbles per game, which could give Watford a pair of tricky wingers should they secure him for a rumored 27 million pounds. Gerard Deulofeu off the right and Sarr off the left would be a good combo, with Troy Deeney and Andre Gray leading the line.
If Doucore leaves, they will need to sign someone to replace him. They could play a midfield duo of Capoue and Roberto Pereyra, but I would definitely sign a midfielder to help shoulder the workload. Chelsea wants to get rid of both Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko, which could be a very good loan to buy option for the Hornets.
Bakayoko is a good option to help move the ball up the pitch, with 86.6% pass accuracy. He also had 3.9 tackles and interceptions last season while on loan at AC Milan. His numbers are comparable to Doucore, who had 83.5% pass accuracy and three tackles and interceptions per 90 in a tougher league.
I think Watford will finish 11th, being a counter-attacking side. They will struggle against the top sides but have the talent going forward to do some damage if they get good chances. With the lack of activity in the window, they certainly need to get some deals over the line. If they want to improve on their performances last season, they will need more in the attack, as well as a cohesive defensive structure. I enjoy watching a physical approach ever now and again, which makes Watford a side that opponents hate to take on, especially during the rainy winter months.