I’m a big believer in giving a new player time to see what they are really made of. As a Watford fan we have seen a whole series of players join the club since our Italians takeover and can very often see flashes of brilliance from an individual disapate at Vicarage road so making judgement on a player before 10 games for me is not worth doing. For this reason I’m going to look at the major business conducted by the Hornets and assess how well they have done this season since their arrival.
Richarlison – Estimated £11.5 million from Fluminese – 10/10
Despite a concerning decline in performances in what has to be considered a matter of weeks now, Richarlison can still be considered a revelation since his arrival from Brazil. The 20 year old was nothing short of sensational at the start of the season, making an instant impact and really being the outstanding difference in games picking up points with decisive goals and contributions. His rise was so unexpected it looked like Watford had made one of the finest negotiations in the summer which was only going to lead to a mega money move in the future. Unfortunately now the winger is a marked man, he has gained attention as one of the finest young talents in the Premier League and it is making life hard. You have to place some importance on his instant arrival from the Brazillian League where he has had no time to rest, his development as a key player because of his fine start is not his fault so when you weigh up the signing as a whole it has been a fantastic piece of business and one which the club must continue to look for in similar fashion to help progress.
Andre Gray – £18.5 million from Burnley – 4/10
Marco Silva’s big money signing and the former Burnley man simply hasn’t lived up to the price tag which we already knew was inflated. Having had plenty of glimpses by now it’s clear to see Gray is just not a great footballer. His touch is off and not to Premier League standards and he hardly is convincing in front of goal. He did contibute during the clubs impressive form at the start of the season with good movement and pace opening up channels for the way the side went about their business. Four goals is not a good enough return, to his defence he’s been on the bench at times which hasn’t given the opportunity for more goals but this looks a real waste of money and I believe we need a new striker come the start of next season illustrates the success of this move.
Kiko Femenia – Free transfer from Alaves – 9/10
The Spaniard’s absence in recent weeks has hit the club hard following Janmaat’s awful form. Femenia has settled nicely into a new environment and has been a real pleasure to watch, showing typically excellent Spanish technique, a dynamism at both ends of the pitch and a consistency that has made fans desperate for his return. Coming in as a free transfer meant there was little expectation which strengthens further the success of the transfer.
Marvin Zeegelaar – estimated £3.1 million from Sporting Lisbon – 4/10
It promised to be an underrated but vibrant deal as the Dutchmen made an instant impact after struggling to get into the side initially. The left back showed plenty of attacking qualities with fine displays against West Ham and Newcastle and many fans got excited about the potential of the full back. However with the Golden Boys struggling themselves and coming up against more inspired opposition Zeegelaar has struggled to be the answer in what has to be the weak area of the pitch. Positionally at the back he is not good enough and that has amounted to what has been a poor defensive team this season. This position has not been addressed properly, Holebas would’ve been a more than capable back up for a more inspired left back coming in but these two players are competing for that spot and aren’t what is needed to push on. Considering the fee it’s not been a disaster by any means but there is a reason the club didn’t fork out much for his signature.
Andre Carrillo – Loan from Benfica – 7/10
The Peruvian is the most stereotypical Pozzo signing you will find. A talented winger who has been so inconsistent all season. I think he’s probably not the most determined player and so you wouldn’t want to expect him to drag you out of trouble when needed but in the process of building a squad for Silva it was a good deal. The problem for me is that another addition in Gerard Deulefuo has come months too late. For a player like Carrillo, competition for his spot is what was needed and the fact he and Richarlison were the only natural wingers at the club was a risk and an error on the recruitments side. With the deal being a loan I think we can be happy with Carrillo’s contribution as a whole, he is a player though that I would not be overly keen on signing permanently should the fee Benfica would want be too high.
Players with less than 10 appearances
Molla Wague – inspired the win against Leicester at home and with so many injuries at the back was a neccessary transfer despite seeming an odd one at the time.
Nathaniel Chalobah – a cruel blow to be out for nearly the whole season, you felt Nathaniel was going to grow into it as the campaign progressed but now we need him to get fully fit and hopefully he can progress into his potential when he returns. His transfer fee still looks a real bargain.
Will Hughes – Another young talent delt an injury at the worst possible time. Again was starting to look inspired before the setback came, it’s still far too early and fans should not place too much expectation based off a few performanes but from what we’ve seen it’s encouraging and Hughes’s return would be welcome.
Orestis Karnezis – an established and experienced player to add compeition for Gomes. After a clanger of a debut he’s looked to the standard required which justifies the move. He seems to have a good attitude for someone who’s sat on the bench until recently.
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