Three Transfers That Watford Should Complete In January
Marco Silva made quite the impression in the summer transfer window since arriving from Hull City following the end of last season, making no less than ten additions to his squad in three months. The new additions have paid off in full dividends and the Hornets are currently gracing the 6th spot in the league table, sitting one point behind Arsenal. Undoubtedly, this has been a landmark season so far for the club, and Silva will be keen on ensuring this extends beyond the current term.
Although Watford have a solid team right now, some tweaks and fine tuning may be required to see them continue with their upward trajectory. Come January, clubs and managers will scurry around trying to complete new signings, and here are three ins and outs for Watford to consider ahead of the winter transfer window.
OUT: Isaac Success
Success was Watford’s record signing back in August 2016 when he joined the Hornets from Granada. His game time has been limited though as he has only made two starts, with a further 15 appearances coming from the bench. The Nigerian international scored his only goal for the club during a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth in October and he barely featured after a dismal performance in a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in March.
West Ham are reportedly interested in signing Success, who is unhappy with his playing time. His personal life is embroiled with a lot of problems as well, especially after him getting arrested about a week or two back. Staying back with Watford is unlikely to help him in any manner, thus making it necessary for him to exit.
OUT: Ben Watson
A combination of injuries and personal reasons kept Watson out of contention for major periods throughout last season but even when he was available, he was rarely selected by Mazzarri. Watson was a key part of the squad in the season before that, as Watford reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup. But he now looks set to leave Vicarage Road with a number of Championship clubs interested.
His time on the field took a bigger hit with Marco Silva at the helm, and the player is 32 years old. Watson needs to play as much as he can to keep his form sharp, and that is something Watford cannot offer him at the moment.
IN: Nicolas Tagliafico – Atletico Independiente
Having already improved the right-hand side of his defence following the arrival of Kiko Femenia from Spanish side Alaves, it’s been well-documented that Silva is actively seeking a left-back to complete the jigsaw. Tagliafico is the sort of attacking left-back that Silva would love to have at Vicarage Road, and despite only playing in the Argentine domestic league, he’s already merited a full international call-up.
Silva would do well to recruit the impressive full-back.