Watford Opinion: Why the Hornets should go for Pawel Bochniewicz?
Back in April, The Pink Un claimed that Watford were planning a summer swoop for Udinese defender Pawel Bochniewicz.
Bochniewicz, 23, has been on loan at Gornik Zabrze in Poland from Udinese since January 2018. He made 32 league appearances for the Ekstraklasa outfit last season.
The 2019/20 Ekstraklasa season has started and the Polish defender has already played a couple of games. He is on loan from Udinese, who are owned by the Pozzo family, who also own Watford.
That should make it easy for Watford to strike a deal with Udinese for the transfer of Pawel Bochniewicz ahead of the new Premier League campaign’s start.
The Hornets haven’t set the world alight in the ongoing summer transfer market. They have made only a couple of signings in Craig Dawson and Tom Dele-Bashiru from West Brom and Manchester City respectively.
Watford had a disappointing end to the 2018/19 campaign that saw them lose the last three games. They were also humbled at the hands of Manchester City in the FA Cup final.
Yet, Javi Gracia would have taken a lot of positives from his team’s last season’s displays and must now look to build on. With less than two weeks left for the transfer window to end, he needs to make a couple of signings to complete his squad.
Dawson’s addition is a positive one and the experienced defender will add some much-needed physicality to the Hornets backline. But Gracia’s side need more than Dawson and they’ll do a solid job by landing Pawel Bochniewicz.
Standing at 6ft 4ins, Bochniewicz certainly has the physical attributes to play in the Premier League. The Pole has earned rave reviews for his physicality, aerial ability and good game reading skills for a player of his age.
The left-footed centre-back is composed with the ball at his feet and has illustrated a level of maturity that defies his tender years, both in terms of reading the game as well as decision-making, and he is only going to get better with time.
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What makes Bochniewicz such a talented individual is his ability to play the ball out from the back. Thus, he won’t have any trouble settling into Gracia’s style of play at Watford.
Watford have addressed their defensive problems for the upcoming campaign but they need to keep investing in talented youngsters like Bochniewicz to keep moving in the right direction.
Hence, the Hornets must rekindle their interest in the big Pole and complete his signing from Udinese this summer.