Five facts on Watford trialist Vujadin Savic

Serbian defender Vujadin Savic played for Watford Under-21’s on Tuesday, as they defeated Leeds United 6-1.

24-year-old Savin was announced as part of the starting line-up, and the Watford Observer confirmed that he was on trial with the Hornets, allowing him to take part in the Under-21 Premier League Cup tie as one of three overage players. He lasted 60 minutes in the 6-1 victory, and, with the Hertfordshire club 5-0 up upon his substitution, it was maybe not the best game to see if he is up to the rigours of English football.

#WatfordFC include Vujadin Savic in their starting XI. 24-year-old centre-back was released by Bordeaux in the summer.

— Watford Observer (@Observer_Owl) January 6, 2015

However, he is set to stay on his trial period for a while longer, and here are five facts on Savic, should he sign a permanent deal with the Championship club.

1) A former Serbian youth international - with 11 Under-21 caps and four goals to his name - Savic started his career with Crvena Zvezda in his homeland, before moving to French club Bordeaux in 2010 for just over £1 million. He ended up making just eight appearances for the Ligue 1 club, spending two years away from the club on loan with Dynamo Dresden and Arminia Bielefeld. He left Bordeaux this summer.

2) He is the son of Serbian footballing legend Dusan Savic, who scored 120 goals in 202 games for Red Star in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. He was sporting director at the Marakana whilst his son came through the youth academy of the Serbian giants.

3) A central defender, Savic is 1.94 metres, and is well regarded for his strength and physical play. He provides a solution to a void in the Watford ranks that needs to be filled, and fans will be hoping he is signed to a full-time contract in the coming weeks.

4) Prior to signing for Bordeaux, Savic was reportedly being tracked by Premier League clubs Newcastle United and Manchester City, although the French club won the race for his signature.

Savic claimed he'd attracted interest from Newcastle and Manchester City before joining Bordeaux. Interested to see how he fares #WatfordFC

— Watford Observer (@Observer_Owl) January 6, 2015

5) Watford will be hoping that the wide-reaching scouting network used by the Pozzo family has unearthed another gem in Savic, despite his age of 24 quite high for a promising talent. However, Mehdi Benatia was only signed by Udinese as a 23-year-old from Clermont, and he blossomed late, and has since signed for German giants Bayern Munich - proving that the Pozzo's certainly know when they have a talent on their hands.

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