Does Ikechi Anya have what it takes to play in the Premier League?

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Ikechi Anya had an impressive week with the Scottish national team, and Watford fans will be hoping he continues his fine form for them in the Championship.

The story of Ikechi Anya makes for an interesting read but perhaps this part of his career is the most exciting yet. He has become a key part of the Scotland team under Gordon Strachan and is one of their most creative players. A surprise to some considering he was relatively unheard of before a move to Watford in 2012.

Born to a Nigerian father and a Romanian mother in Glasgow in 1988, Anya could have represented four countries but it is with Scotland that he has taken his game to the next level. It hasn't been easy for the winger however and he has taken an unconventional path along the way.

Released by Wycombe Wanderers in 2007, Anya had spells with Oxford City and Halesowen Town before he was taken in at Glenn Hoddle's Academy. After a spell at Northampton Town in 2009, the pacey winger was given a contract by Sevilla Atletico the reserve side of the current Europa League holders.

This led to further moves in Spain, and he played for Celta Vigo, Granada, and Cadiz before finally ending up at Watford. The move to Vicarage Road was rather fortunate as Giampaolo Pozzo had just acquired the club, and also owned Granada in Spain, to which Anya was still contracted to. He was one of many players to be brought over and he caught the eye in the Championship.

Now one-year into a three-year contract at Watford, he has established himself at club and country. His display for Scotland last month against world champions Germany was capped with a wonderfully taken goal. On Tuesday night he played in Shaun Maloney for Scotland's first goal against Poland.

The former Wycombe player plays with a great deal of confidence and it is as if he has been playing international football for years. Capable of producing something out of nothing, Anya would be very useful in the top flight.

He is a talented player, and a move to the Premier League would cap off a wonderful story for Anya. That could be achieved with Watford after a promising start to the season for The Hornets even though they are already onto their fourth manager.

Anya has shown he is capable on the international stage and one would think the transition into the Premier League would certainly not be a step too far for the 26-year-old.

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