Written by David Robinson
Its been a fantastic season for Watford FC finishing in a very respectable 13th position whilst also reaching an FA Cup Semi-Final. The Hornets maintained their impressive form from promotion into the early periods of the Premier League season however 2016 proved to be a more testing time with the club struggling to put a string of points together despite ending up safe comfortably before the finish. This tricky period highlighted the need for change this summer both with the management and players with Quique Sanchez Flores departing as head coach. I look at the first 3 players that should leave Vicarage Road.
- Ikechi Anya
A shame as the Scotsman has improved since his arrival to the club and he has a great determination about his game but unfortunately he has largely struggled despite a very impressive start to the season. His lack of end product and decision making is poor and while he will offer qualities defensively as well as offering the occasional threat this is simply not enough to take the Hornets further. The fact that Flores chose to operate with more central players out wide would suggest that Anya is not of the standard required. A move away will probably be best for both club and player.
2. Juan Carlos Paredes
The fact that the Ecuadorian has featured quite a lot this season is worrying. Possibly more worrying with regards to Allan Nyom who has made the right back slot the main area of weakness within the side. The 28 year old struggled at times in the Championship as well where his positional sense and defensive qualities were questionable to say the least. A player that is very much out of his depth, Watford must look to offload the right back as one of their first moves this summer.
3. Jose Manuel Jurado
The Spaniard has to be one of the most talented technical players I’ve seen at Vicarage Road however that is not always enough to be a good footballer and the fact the Real Madrid youth player hasn’t recorded a single league goal or assist shows how toothless he is. Fans could argue that he has not been in his favoured position for the majority of the season, placed on the left side on midfield and while I agree he has had more joy as the attacking midfielder, the 29 year old has flattered to deceive for too long in my opinion. I think a move elsewhere would not be deemed a great loss to the Golden Boys.
Watford fans, do you agree with these three players? Let us know in the comments below!