Diego Fabbrini demonstrates just one of the excellent pieces of business done at Vicarage Road this summer.
If anybody of a certain level of honesty who ever played Football Manager whilst growing up will certainly admit there is often an occasion for a little bit of cheating.
If you haven’t gone down the toolbar clicked on ‘Add Manager’ and become ‘Joe Bloggs’ the new manager at Chelsea, United or Liverpool and proceeded to pilfer the best you can from that team for virtually nothing then I think you have not lived.
Obviously the real world of football is not like that. There are rules and regulations against such activity surely? Well Watford fans will probably tell you very differently.
Because where one loophole closes another one opens and after cracking down on loan procedures after Watford, absolutely rightly I should say, exploited it to build a promotion chasing outfit the Glory Hornet Boys have simply opened another one.
The Pozzo family own Watford, Udinese and Granada and the fact is this; if Watford make an offer for a player at one of this clubs for the grand some of £0 then it is the Pozzo family who would accept it.
And that is what happened.
This has seen the likes of Almen Abdi and Daniel Pudil remain in Hertfordshire but they have also brought in a very eye-catching transfer.
I thought that Watford could sign Diego Fabbrini back in January and now they have - on a permanent deal.
Signed from Udinese the 22-year-old was dubbed ‘The Italian Kaka’ as a youngster coming through the ranks at Empoli and has even played for Italy; making his debut for the Azzurri against England in August 2012; less than a year ago.
Last term Matej Vydra starred for the club on-loan from the same Italian outfit but he looks set for pastures new this summer. But in Fabbrini I feel that Watford might have replaced him.
He can play anywhere along the front-line and his guile and craft actually make him quite similar a player to his current manager Gianfranco Zola.
But getting him in for nothing, absolutely nothing, is astonishing business that I thought was only possible in the realms of a computer screen and some clever gaming software.
It is likely these recent deals will irk other clubs in The Championship once again next season but as far as the fans will be concerned they won’t mind.
As with the players they have signed this summer, not just Fabbrini, it is hard not to see Watford pushing for a Premier League spot once again next season.
Are you excited by the recent transfers?
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