Why Watford need to sign Crystal Palace’s Adlene Guedioura permanently for next season

Guedioura excelled during his loan spell with Watford, and they must sign him from Crystal Palace.

The Algerian midfielder spent two separate loan spells with the Hornets this term, and it was his arrival that truly coincided with the Hertfordshire club storming up the Championship table.

Despite having a wealth of midfield talent in their ranks, Watford did not have that real ball-winning energetic midfielder that is needed in modern football. They excelled at holding possession and creating chances, but were overrun all too often after giving the ball away.

It was Guedioura’s arrival, as well as that of Ben Watson, that truly signalled the start of Watford’s ascension to potential Championship winners, and he is the signing that Slavisa Jokanovic most needs to make this summer.

He originally signed on loan in November, returning to Palace in January following Alan Pardew’s appointment as manager. With Pardew offering him few chances, the 29-year-old headed back to Vicarage Road at the end of February, and he has excelled in the middle of the park.

Watford lost just one game since Guedioura’s return, out of 11, winning an incredible eight. He provided one goal and four assists in that run, but it was his all-round attitude that endeared him to Hornets fans.

In the Premier League next season, Watford will need a player of similar style to Guedioura, with a lack of energy in Jokanovic’s midfield. If they were overrun in the Championship, they will face the same problems on a much larger scale in the top flight.

Guedioura clearly loved his time at Vicarage Road, and he has slotted in perfectly into the multi-system style that Jokanovic utilises; he can play in both a wide position in a diamond midfield, as well as centrally in a 3-5-2.

There is no point trying to sign a player of Guedioura’s calibre when he is available and keen on a return, as he has admitted to the Watford Observer.

The only question that remains is why Pardew has not utilised him at Palace, with his skill set looking excellent for the Premier League.

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