Written by David Robinson
As the January Transfer Window approaches, as does the half way mark of the Premier League season, we begin to get to the point where you can start to judge signings and players alike from the start of the season. With factors such as injuries, settling into a new country and style of football all in mind, certain signings shouldn’t be ruled out at this point but it is nonetheless an opportunity to evaluate just how well the Pozzo’s have done since the summer and how much impact the new arrivals have actually had on the squad. There are normally a host of new recruits coming to Vicarage Road which is nothing different for fans, as I rate each new player from the summer.
Younes Kaboul – Rating: 5/10
A well known quantity arriving from relegation threatened Sunderland. That alone does not inspire although Kaboul had impressed under Allardyce in their survival heroics last season. An absolute monster physically, Kaboul has recently had troubles with fitness but when he has played it’s not been convincing and that provides a worry for what the future holds. Part of a leaky defence and frequently the right of a back three, this position does not suit him well in my opinion and he has been exposed because of it. He could do with taking Prodl’s spot and therefore a better judgement could have been made but unfortunately for Kaboul, Prodl has been a standout performer at the back. Like many of the new signings, it would be harsh to rule him out because his appearances have been too limited.
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Stefano Okaka – Rating: 6/10
It would be very easy to get carried away after an impressive brace against Everton but really this rating has little meaning. A hamstring injury suffered against West Ham ruined his chance to make an early impression but since his return he’s had two starts which couldn’t have had greater contrast. An awful showing vs West Brom was followed by a man of the match display vs Everton which in itself tells us that it’s a case of waiting to see what more is to come from the Italian. We certainly know he has the large physique which could come in handy particularly if needed from the bench but this has to be a case of waiting to see what happens next.
Christian Kabesele – Rating: 5/10
The Belgium International arrived from Genk and has since not really stamped his authority on the team. You get the feeling Mazzarri isn’t overly keen on deploying the 25 year old as the Hornets have faced several problems at the back and Kabesele has not walked straight into the team. On the few occasions he has featured it hasn’t been overly convincing, probably best summed up when he was to blame for letting in a set piece at West Brom only to find the net in the second half. With what has been a leaky defence, you would have thought he could’ve made a greater impact and particularly when Britos has been poor all season, but this again is not necessarily to blame Kabasele, further chances will provide greater insight into whether he will be a good addition.
Daryl Janmaat – Rating: 7/10
The Dutchman who was relegated with Newcastle last season has played pretty much exactly how the Newcastle fans have described him. He loves to bomb forwards and some of his attacking play from deep is very constructive. Playing predominately as a right wing back this suits Janmaat perfectly having an element of insurance. When he was strangely put as a right sided centre back vs Liverpool, his defensive qualities were exposed badly. He isn’t convincing in that department which of course could provide concern for the remainder of the season. Again injuries have reduced playing time but from what we’ve seen so far, Janmaat if played correctly could be an important signing for Mazzarri’s men.
Roberto Pereyra – Rating: 6/10
The clubs record signing so naturally big things are to be expected. First of all the Argentine’s willingness for the team has to be admired, he has fought hard for the shirt since signing from Juventus. With is £13.5 m price tag comes great responsibility particularly when it comes to creating for the strikers. This he has done in patches and only in patches which leaves me feeling slightly underwhelmed so far. That being said we know the quality is there, his strike against Leicester is testament to that along with a few other silky skills. That obviously breeds encouragement and now it is just a case of getting the best out of Pereyra as well as the 25 year old providing a more consistently impact figure to really push the club on.
Isaac Success – Rating: 8/10
Hindered by injuries, the Vicarage Road faithful have been restricted to seeing the young Nigerian so far. From what has been seen only makes his absence even more frustrating. Success has given the opposition full backs a torrid time so far and his agility and power means Watford could have a serious top class talent of their hands. This is why it looks to be a great signing from Granada. This is only based off limited appearances once more so getting him up to fitness is key and Mazzarri must hold responsibility for getting the best out of him. Surely a key talent going forwards for the Hornets this season.
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