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Watford transfers (incoming):
Craig Dawson ($8M from West Bromwich Albion): Dawson played center back for West Brom for basically the past five seasons. Technically he made a few token appearances at right-back, but that’s really all they were. He made 45 appearances for West Brom last season across all competitions scoring and assisting three goals each. The 29-year old was really solid in the Championship last season. Despite Watford finishing midtable, they didn’t do particularly well with goal differential (-7). In fact, both the twelfth and thirteenth place teams had a better goal differential. I think this is a good, relatively inexpensive fix for their problems. The Watford transfer has played well, he’s been consistent, and he’s probably just now getting to his best years.
Joao Pedro ($3.25M from Fluminense): Pedro is a youngster brought from Fluminese at the tender age of 17. Yes, 17, which means he won’t join the club until the winter transfer window once he turns 18. Pedro played in nine appearances for Fluminese between all competitions, where he’d score six goals and an assist. He managed all this production in a cool 691 minutes. The youngster was also attracting interest from Liverpool, though he spurned them and signed a pre-contract to move to Watford. Transfermarkt puts Pedro’s valuation at just shy of $23M. The club will be thrilled to have beaten the “big six” to a young player of this caliber; especially for the Watford transfers small initial fee.
Dodi Lukebakio (Return from Loan/$23M Transfer to Hertha Berlin): Lukebakio retuned from Fortuna Düsseldorf where he went on a paid loan (~$350k). He made 34 appearances for the German Bundesliga side where he produced fourteen goals and five assists. He averaged only about 64 minutes per appearance during that time. I think there’s an opportunity for Lukebakio to play, although I don’t think it will be on his preferred right side. Regardless, he might make a fantastic duo with Gerard Deulefeo. The real issue is going to be how they line up, but I could see him featuring this year. Update: Lukebakio was sold to Herta Berlina for $23M.
Filip Stuparevic (Return from Loan): Stuparevic is only 18-years old. However, he’s making a statement in the Serbian First Division. He made 31 appearances coupled with eight goals and three assists for FK Vozdovac. I’m not sure there is an opening for a striker in the first team right now. I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes back on loan. He might stay with the team, but I’d be surprised if he frequently appeared for the side. I expected Andre Gray and Troy Deeney are likely to hold down the majority of the first-team workload. However, there might be an option for him to get some squad rotation.
Cucho Hernandez (Return from Loan): The 20-year-old Cucho Hernandez also joins the crowd of the players at the central forward/striker position. He comes back from loan at Huesca in La Liga. He would go on to make 34 appearances for the side scoring four goals in assisting three more. Even better he would do so in only slightly over 2100 minutes. I have no doubts about his abilities to continue to progress as he gets older. However, I just don’t see Watford giving up a starting striker position for someone who’s only scoring four goals and three assists. They have Troy Deeney and Andre Gray, who can fill the gap and likely provide more production.
Dimitri Foulquier (Return from Loan): The 26-year-old Foulquier had some struggles on loan at La Liga side Getafe. Although he would make 25 appearances for roughly 1800 minutes, his performances were really inconsistent. I also think that the Watford first-team is pretty well set on defenders (except for the gap filled by Dawson). I don’t imagine they’ll be willing to change things up for Foulquier who hasn’t played at a Premier League level.
Marvin Zeegelaar (Return from Loan): The 28-year-old Zeegelaar spent the season away in the Italian Serie A with Udinese. He would make only a meager 12 appearances for just over 915 minutes. The lack of playing time does not bode well, and I would be astounded to see him break into the first team at Watford. I think it’s more likely that he either goes out on loan again or he’ll spend some quality time on the bench. If he does that, he’ll likely get a few rotation options to make an appearance and try to impress the manager. But clearly, he has a long ways to go before he’s going to be getting any regular soccer.
Kwasi Sibo (Return from Loan/Loan to UD Ibiza): Sibo has been playing for the Albanian First Division. He made 18 appearances for KF Skënderbau, and he added one goal for the team. I think it’s unlikely he will remain with the club as there is almost no chance he would get a work permit. Expect him to go out on loan to both develop and earn points towards his permit. Update: As expected Sibo has gone on loan to UD Ibiza.
Stefano Okaka (Return from Loan): Okaka was sent out on a paid loan by a Watford last season. He appeared only twice for the first team, though he made the bench a few more times. After a lackluster beginning to his season, he was sent on a paid loan (~$600k) to Udinese Calcio. After arriving at the Serie A club, his season would brighten making 16 appearances with six goals and assist. I expect Okaka to go out on loan ideally, as both player and club would benefit.
Watford transfers (outgoing):
Obbi Oulare ($4M to Standard Liege): Oulare was on loan with Standard Liege and surprisingly played very few games for them. Although, it’s of no fault of his own, he required surgery and then suffered an unfortunately broken tibia. Oulare has never appeared to be in the Watford’s first-team plans. Oulare has obviously made quite the impression on Liege and ultimate I think it’s an excellent opportunity for everyone involved. Watford will be out about $5M from what they signed him for, but I’d venture that they signed him for the potential that never appeared.
Marc Navarro (loan to CD Leganes): The 24-year old Navarro has bounced around a lot between La Liga youth sides. He’s spent time with Barcelona, Atletico, and a few others before joining up with Watford. He joined up with them about this time last season. A loan move is a good move for both parties as Navarro only made the game-day squad a handful of times, and the remainder of the time failed to make the bench. Going on loan to Leganes will allow him to fight for a starting position in a La Liga team which could help him when he returns to Watford.
Ben Wilmot (Return from Loan; loaned to Swansea): Wilmot also began the season with the Watford first-team, though his season was equally disappointing. Like the previous player, Okaka, Wilmot was also sent out on a paid loan (~$350k) to Udinese Calcio. Despite the paid loan, he would provide nothing more than backup for the first team. He made the game day team but was often left on the bench. Update: As of July 25, Wilmot was sent on loan to Swansea in the Championship.
Jerome Sinclair (Loan to VVV-Venlo): Sinclair spent some time with the English U17 National Team before being released from Liverpool. He signed with Watford in July 2016 where he’s been a perennial loanee. This season is no different, although I expect that this is a formality until his contract expires. Perhaps he will shine at VVV-Venlo and find a more permanent home.
Tommie Hoban (Released): Hoban was a product of the Watford youth system. He joined the first-team squad in 2012 although despite his tenured only registered 58 appearances for Watford. Upon his failure to break into the regular first-team team he began to alternate between loans and the bench at Watford. I’m sure this is a hard thing for an academy player, but it seems best that he’s allowed to find a club he can play for regularly.
Miguel Britos (Retired): Britos hung up his boots this summer at the age of 34 after a career mostly in Italy and England. The center-back logged 74 appearances with two goals and two assists for Watford. However, the majority of his time was at Napoli (99 appearances), followed by Bologna FC.
Last Updated: July 25, 2019