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Team Review - Watford
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Team Review - Watford

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League Position: 2nd (Championship)



Daniel Bachmann
Pontus Dahlberg
Ben Foster
Rob Elliott

I know Ben Foster is beloved by Watford fans, but he is nowhere near top class as a keeper, even when not making mistakes (which he does far too often). It is clear they will be sticking with him and Bachmann being the main choices and that is a mistake in my opinion. Neither is good enough at this level from what I have seen. Unless Dahlberg turns out to be a revelation, which seems unlikely judging by the reports of his loan spells, they need to upgrade their keepers.



William Troost-Ekong
Christian Kabasele
Craig Cathcart
Francisco Sierralta
Mattie Pollock
Adam Masina
Danny Rose
Kiko Femenia
Jeremy Ngakia
Marc Navarro

It is not a defensive line-up to put fear into opposing attackers at all, in fact the bizarre decision to sign Danny Rose makes me really worry for this team. He does not even like playing, has a dreadful attitude and is exactly the kind of player you do not want around young players coming through. Unless they play a very defensive system, this defence does not look capable of keeping clean sheets on a regular basis. It has the look of a relegation team.



Nathaniel Chalobah
Imran Louza
Will Hughes
Peter Etebo
Domingos Quina
Tom Cleverley
Dan Gosling
Tom Dele-Bashiru
Kwasi Sibo
Ken Sema

An odd mix in midfield of journeymen players like Cleverley and Gosling, added to a bunch of extremely raw players such as Louza, that they are taking a chance on coming good. So long as someone does come good, then it works, otherwise they are in trouble as there is a real lack of quality and creativity.



Kwadwo Baah
Ismaila Sarr
Philip Zinckernagel
Joshua King
Joao Pedro
Cucho Hernandez
Emmanuel Dennis
Andre Gray
Ashley Fletcher
Troy Deeney
Isaac Success
Stipe Perica
Filip Stuparevic

I can only imagine that a number of these forwards will go out on loan, because there simply is not enough room in a squad to keep them all happy and playing in the first team. There are two things that I see when I look at this list, firstly injuries. There are a lot of players there that miss significant chunks of time through injuries. Secondly a complete lack of goals. None of them are prolific. That cost the Hornets in their last spell in the Premier League, it looks like doing so again.


Manager: Xisco

Very much an unknown quantity with virtually no experience (as far as I can see he has managed just 11 games in his career). Your guess is probably as good as mine about him!



A squad that looks like a relegation battler, though you can never tell for sure, especially in current circumstances when it only takes one positive covid test to rule half a team out for a few games. If they can get a bit of luck, they might well do enough to avoid being drawn into a relegation dogfight, but they do not look good enough to survive without it.

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Written by Tris Burke July 20 2021 17:45:50