Why the arrival of Adam Masina could well work in Watford’s favour
Watford didn’t have the best of seasons last time out, finishing 14th in the league with a total of 41 points across the campaign.
The club sacked Marco Silva in January after a string of poor performances from the former Hull City coach. New manager Javi Gracia was brought in and the Spanish coach drastically reduced the damage.
The Hornets have been busy in the market so far. The club have already signed 23-year-old Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu for a reported fee of around £11.5million from Barcelona. The winger impressed at the Vicarage road last season after joining the Hornets on loan for the second half of the season.
Gracia seems determined to make a strong statement in the Premier League next season. Watford were leaky and sloppy at the back last season.
The Hornets conceded a total of 64 goals last season, the only two teams who conceded more than them were West Ham United and Stoke City, and the Potters were relegated.
Watford should consider themselves lucky to have retained their spot in the league. Gracia is not yet done tightening up his defence as the manager has completed a deal for Bologna defender Adam Masina for a reported fee of around £3.5million.
The 24-year-old left-back has joined the Hornets on a five-year contract which keeps him at the club until 2023.
The Morocco-born player is a former Under 21 Italy international and made a total of 131 appearances for the Serie A side. He has pace, energy, ability and panache. He is a versatile player, who is also capable of playing in a wing-back role.
Since breaking into the club’s first-team in 2013, Masina went on to establish himself as a mainstay in Rossoblu’s starting eleven, having racked up 99 Serie A appearances over the course of the last 3 seasons.
The explosive left-back made a total of 33 appearances for the Serie A side last season, providing 1 assist. He has shown immense quality and potential in his displays.
At the age of 24, the left-back has still a lot left to learn before unleashing his full potential. But the move to Vicarage road will certainly be a fruitful one. It is a statement signing from the Spanish coach who seems dedicated to taking this Watford team to new heights.