The curious case of Watford defender Essaid Belkalem


The Algerian international has not played for Watford since making a loan move from Granada permanent.

Watford are ready to embark on a Premier League season for the first time since 2006-07 next term, after finishing second in the Championship last season.

The Hornets have plenty of players already on their team who should be able to cut it at Premier League level. They also have to figure out what to do with the others.

One curious case is that of Essaid Belkalem.

The Algerian international joined Watford on a season-long loan in August 2013 and went on to play 10 times for the club in the 2013-14 season. He then went on to play three times for Algeria at the World Cup and Watford exercised their buying rights for the player from sister club Granada in Spain.

However, he was instantly sent out on loan to Turkish side Trabzonspor for the 2014-15 season, where he teamed up with his former international coach Vahid Halilhodzic.

He has gone on to have a decent campaign with the Turkish Super Lig outfit, playing 20 times for the club.

Now, it is believed one of Turkey's giants is interested. It is reported by Haber Turk Spor in Turkey that Fenerbahce are keen on signing the Algerian from Watford this summer.

Trabzonspor are no longer managed by Halilhodzic and their new boss Ersun Yanal is not keen on the Watford player.

Watford fans will not be too concerned. Most have probably forgotten Belkalem was still their player considering he featured so fractionally for the club.

Hopefully they can make some good money off the player, to spend in the transfer market this summer.

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