Watford Transfer Review – Part 1

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.

Abdoulaye Doucoure – Rating: 2/10

After a loan spell with Granada, it was all setup for the Frenchman to take the Premier League by storm following a reportedly impressive spell in Spain. However it’s become a mystery that Doucoure has been put to the back of Mazzarri’s pile and is surplus to requirements at the club. Like many around him, he struggled in an EFL Cup defeat to Gillingham but we haven’t seen anything of him to really judge. I thought Doucoure came in as a potential key player to take the club forward but it looks disastrous and one the club need to push on elsewhere to revive his potential worth.

Kenedy – Rating: 3/10

Just a shame that the Brazilian struggled with injury since his arrival from Chelsea which gave him the worst possible opportunity to break into the team. A brief sub appearance was all he got before heading back to his parent club with an unlikely return. Another flop although not through his own doing.


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Camilo Zuniga – Rating: 7/10

An astute signing in my opinion. Not because the Colombian has put in fantastic string of performances since his arrival but more due to the fact his versatility and consistency has been impressive. The 30 year old can operate on both flanks playing as a wing-back or full back and every time he’s featured he’s not let the side down. A 6/10 performer virtually every game, his goal against Manchester United will certainly be his highlight come the end of the season and there is no shame in saying that. A loan deal from Napoli makes this signing look even more savvy as he provides a bit of depth to a squad hit by injury and suspensions.

Jerome Sinclair – Rating: 4/10

The former Liverpool forward will always be deemed one for the future at just 20 years of age but it’s one I don’t really understand. He hasn’t really featured at all nor does it look like he will at all this season. That’s understandable and not of huge concern but it’s a case of where does he go from here. Far too often young talents are wasted and sitting at the club like he is will do him no good, a loan move in January is needed otherwise this looks like a waste.

Adrian Mariappa – Rating: 3/10

Watford are no stranger to an odd transfer and that was the case when the club re-signed Adrian Mariappa on a free transfer. From this point of view there is no risk attached and effectively nothing to lose. You can’t ever see him featuring so you have to wonder why did they bother but he helps fill the homegrown quota as well I’m sure adding some important experience and professionalism in the dressing room so that can be something to take from it all however it certainly shouldn’t be classed as a good signing when you expect next to no input on the pitch all season.

Brice Dja Djedje – Rating: 4/10

Signed from Marseille for a few million pounds only to be left out of the squad. Unfortunately this is due to injury which is not ideal and it means that the future remains unclear however regardless of luck it also cannot go down as a good signing of course. On the other hand the remainder of the season will provide a greater opportunity to judge and see where it takes the Ivory Coast International.

Look out for part 2 coming shortly at alloutfootball.co.uk!

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