With just ten days until the start of the Premier League where on this occassion the transfer window will have been closed, Watford will be making a return to competitive action in front of their own fans against Brighton. With kick off not too far away and most squads all but there we can start to assess the players who might make all the difference. I take a look at three players who could really help shape the Hornets season in the 2018/19 campaign.
- Nathaniel Chalobah
A lengthy injury has plagued Chalobah since his return to the club which is of great frustration particularly after promising signs were shown under Marco Silva where the former Chelsea man teamed up with Doucoure to great effect. Now with fitness problems still in pre-season you fear like the world is against Chalobah and the club. Not only would staying fit be crucial for taking the side a long way, I have doubts if the 23 year old would be the same man after we’ve seen countless players careers blighted by injury. There’s no doubt he is supremely talented, he emerged into the England squad through early form for the Hornets but that was only after a handful of senior Premier League appearances. There is so much to give and no doubt his presence or absence could have a big impact on the club this season.
2. Adam Masina
An obvious cry for a left back was met with the signing of Italian Adam Masina who will be an unknown name for many fans. With this in mind it’s crucial he makes his mark and cements himself as a consistent figure in the team with I’m sure many supporters not too keen on Jose Holebas featuring too often this season. Looking back on last term Kiko Femenia arrived in similar circustmances and what a revelation he was. Hopefully Masina can provide just as much down the left side as part of a defence that simply has to improve and not give away goals for fun.
3. Gerard Deulofeu
Back at Vicarage Road as a permanent fixture, the Spaniard again has started this pre-season with injury problems. The last thing the club or player needs after in his brief set of appearances last season made a desired impact to get Watford some momentum back with Javi Gracia entering the building. Again with plenty of promise, Deulofeu has always lacked consistency in his career and while as a winger this is often to be expected, he can be the match winner for us and that is why he will be key for Watford this season. Not only will his injury form be pivotal, he needs to find his home and deliver throughout important moments in the season.
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