Quick links



Could Watford really have the 'next Drogba' on their hands?

The Hornets have raided the Reading nest for young striker Uche Ikpeazu.

On the site I have been very vocal in my praise for who I believe could be one of the best young talents in the country; Uche Ikpeazu of Reading.

Or at least that is Uche Ikpeazu ‘formerly’ of Reading.

The Londoner of Nigerian heritage has left The Royals in order to continue his football career at Watford FC.

Living in Reading I had heard rumblings for a while that Uche was potentially on his way from the Berkshire club this summer but I dismissed it as mere chit-chat; as of course there would be rumours of someone this talented leaving the club.

He scored 28 goals in 28 appearances as Reading got to the final stages of the under-18 championship last season including five hat-tricks against Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Everton, Chelsea and former club Queens Park Rangers.

But it seems I should have taken the chatter for much more than mere Chinese whispers.

I could speculate as to why he has left for hours on end. Perhaps he feels ready for first-team football and that was not being offered at Reading and is with the Glory Hornet Boys; he has already trained with the first-team.

Or perhaps simply the lure of working with Gianfranco Zola next season was enough to convince him.

But it would be mere speculation; as the teenager himself pointed out he will not confirm why he decided to make the move:

"I just now want to clear the air and let everyone know I have joined Watford Football Club. I just want to use this moment to thank all the Reading people right down to the fans. I'm not going to answer any questions as to why but I am now looking forward to a new challenge. Thank you once again and hopefully I can do my best for Watford."

Whatever the reasons they were his and I am sure they were good ones.

But Watford fans should be very excited with this transfer.

He may be just 18-years-old but the striker is ruthless in front of goal on any foot and is already built like men ten years his senior.

He is relentless, humble and of course most importantly; he breathes scoring goals.

Next season may be another development season for him but I will not be surprised to see him playing in the Championship on occasions next term in the relatively small squad at Vicarage Road; and I would also not be surprised to see him hitting the back of the net.

In the past I have compared him to Didier Drogba in playing style and even suggested he could become as good as him should he have made the move to Chelsea this summer.

Could he do the same at Watford? Well consider this.

At 18-years-old Drogba was struggling to impress the head coach at lowly French outfit Levallois; Ikpeazu at the same age has already achieved more.

If he continues on this trajectory I might be able to put my humble pie on ice.

Are you excited about the signing of Uche Ikpeazu at Watford?

image: © geetarchurchy

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch