When Marco Silva was announced as Watford Head Coach, myself and I’m sure many other Watford fans had a sense of jubilation with the appointment, with the Hornets seeing off competition from the like of Crystal Palace for the Portuguese boss. In many ways this was coupled with the fact that the club had parted with Walter Mazzarri prior, who despite several good outings made us suffer his miserable football and dampen the connection we had with players and management alike. Part of the delight at Silva signing was that he could speak English and looked to be capable of organising a team, a basic commodity that was found wanting under Mazzarri and this alone sadly gave the fanbase a boost. This is one of the reasons why despite Silva’s promising reputation which could lead to more optimistic signs at Vicarage Road, it’s important to look at why the Golden Boys have a long hard task ahead of them this season.
Marco Silva Question Marks
A Hull fan expressed his views on Silva in an article also for All Out Football. This drew attention that Marco Silva is not the perfect manager and he very much has his own strengths and weaknesses like many others. Despite showing plenty of qualities to improve what was a weak Hull side, he still failed to keep the Tigers up and they failed to deliver when it mattered most. Because of what we as fans had to endure under Mazzarri means Silva’s arrival makes him appear as the messiah, something he could well be but the former Hull boss will have his own point to prove and his positive reputation in England despite getting relegated will need to be backed up with a completely new setup. I am excited about this appointment as I believe the same levels of organisation, team spirit and tactics that applied to his Hull side would see a very resurgent Watford team but on the flip side a head coach coming to Vicarage Road is not going to be a proven best in the league and that means it’s a big season for Silva in his managerial career to truly prove himself in the Premier League.
Lack of Firepower
As of right now I don’t think Silva will be satisfied with the players he has it his disposal. This is understandable with over a month to go until the transfer window closes however it does put doubt in my mind that the club are well equipped to really pull up trees this campaign. We are in desperate need of quality wide men and while there is plenty of time to secure these players, it puts a lot of pressure to produce the right deals. Deeney and Okaka have themselves caused doubt amongst the fan-base. Neither are natural goalscorers and with both being the same type of model it causes worry that we could come unstuck if they cannot execute being the lone striker in Silva’s system. A striker is needed amongst other positions but once again it puts pressure on securing the right man for the job.
So far Nathaniel Chalobah, Will Hughes and Kiko Femenia have been signed this transfer window. While these deals are very shrewd and should be applauded for how the club have operated in terms of money spent you feel there is still work to be done and placing hopes on the likes of Chalobah and Hughes is not guaranteed to drive the club forwards with both players having plenty to prove. As mentioned before a few quality signings are needed. The squad is certainly a capable one but I feel it has a few answers to give after the players couldn’t stop the rot towards the end of last season. You cannot keep still with all the other clubs actively looking to boost their squads with some spending large amounts to do so. The likes of Bournemouth and Huddersfield are happily forking out over £10 million more than once on players and while I’m happy that the club to continue to operate in sensible fashion, money generally talks so it is looking like a competitive top 8 onwards where fine margins such as not having a goalscorer could prove decisive.
This is not me generating negativity for Watford fans, because after last season there are plenty of reasons to be positive but there are also reasons for caution. Just because we have a highly rated manager in our ranks does not guarantee us to remain well clear of the drop once again, there is still a lot of work to do.
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