Watford signing this 25-year-old Championship defender would get them a long-term option

Share

Why Watford should make a move for Kristian Pedersen

According to Football Insider (h/t The Birmingham Mail), Watford have enquired about Birmingham City left-back Kristian Pedersen.

Kristian Pedersen, 25, has impressed with Birmingham City since arriving from Union Berlin in 2018 and has played every single league game for Pep Clotet’s side this season. He has netted three goals and registered two assists in 29 Championship appearances.

The report (h/t The Birmingham Mail) adds that Birmingham have quoted an amount higher than what Watford are willing to pay.

Kristian Pedersen during his time at Union Berlin. (Getty Images)

After losing the last game and drawing before that, Watford are back in the relegation zone. Prior to that, the Hornets had won three consecutive Premier League games.

Considering how things are panning out at Vicarage Road, one can simply understand the size of the job Nigel Pearson has in his hands after replacing Quique Sanchez Flores.

However, Pearson needs to do a lot more to help Watford avoid relegation from the top-flight. After signing attacker Ignacio Pussetto from Udinese earlier this month, the Hornets boss should prioritise strengthening the backline.

Watford have conceded 36 goals in 24 games, with none of their central defenders performing consistently. Pearson also has problems in the left-back area, as Jose Holebas, 35, is quite old.

Pederson would be a good addition for Watford (Gety Images)

Adam Masina has performed consistently throughout the season but he needs real competition at left-back, which Holebas isn’t providing.

Having said that, the Hornets should go for Kristian Pedersen. As per WhoScored, the Dane has averaged 2.8 tackles, 1.6 interceptions, 2.8 clearances and 0.5 blocks in 29 Championship appearances. Offensively, he has contributed with three goals and two assists.

Meanwhile, Holebas has averaged 2.1 tackles, 0.3 interceptions, 2.4 clearances and 0.3 blocks in 12 appearances. In the attack, the Greek is yet to score or assist. [Courtesy: WhoScored]

Read More

Nigel Pearson (Getty Images)

Pedersen has better numbers than Holebas in almost every area and it must be noted that he has played a lot more than Holebas. The Dane would be an instant upgrade on Holebas (in terms of statistics), whilst being a good option to compete with Masina for the left-back position.

Verdict

With Holebas set to turn 36 in June, it’s high time for Watford to consider a long-term replacement for the Greek. Hence, Pearson should attempt to recruit Pedersen from Birmingham City before the transfer deadline.

Rohan Sengupta @garrydevildada

Hi, I am Rohan Sengupta from one of the busiest cities in India, Mumbai. A Journalism graduate with a keen interest in sports, football is something I simply cannot live without and writing, discussing and analyzing the game is what I do 24*7. Follow me @garrydevildada

Recent Posts

Done deal: Rangers sign 23-year-old forward on a pre-contract agreement

Rangers sign Scott Wright from Aberdeen on a pre-contract deal According to Sky Sports, Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers have completed…

47 mins ago

Middlesbrough eye a raid on Aston Villa for 29-year-old midfield star

Middlesbrough keen on Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane According to Teamtalk (h/t Hartlepool Mail), EFL Championship outfit Middlesbrough are eyeing…

6 days ago

Rangers join Premier League giants in the race for 19-year-old rising starlet

Rangers to battle Tottenham for Kyle Joseph According to The Sun (h/t The Scotsman), Rangers have joined Premier League side…

2 weeks ago

The Benefits of Football Betting Online

If you are thinking about doing your football betting Singapore online there are numerous sites that you can do this…

2 weeks ago

Rangers set to rival Celtic for the signing of 21-year-old League One ace

Rangers set to battle Celtic for Charlton Athletic starlet Alfie Doughty According to The Athletic (subscription required), Scottish giants Rangers…

4 weeks ago

Celtic’s stance on the future of 22-year-old star revealed amidst Serie A interest

Celtic will reject AC Milan advances for Odsonne Edouard in January According to the Daily Record, Scottish champions Celtic will…

4 weeks ago