Watford star Almen Abdi had arguably his best game of the season as he shone during his side’s impressive 2-0 victory over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
The Swiss international has shown his versatility by playing in a number of positons for Watford so far this season, including a rare appearance at centre-forward in the absence of Odion Ighalo.
Against Stoke, boss Quique Flores lined him up on the left wing and tasked him with providing width for the Hornets and stopping the Potters from building up a number of attacks from wide areas.
In a tireless display, Abdi’s performance was a real standout for the visitors as he contributed greatly to their success in a number of important categories.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the 29-year-old was busy throughout as he took 49 touches, made 19 accurate passes and of course opened the scoring with a deft finish.
It was Abdi’s first goal of the campaign, yet his performance was more than just setting his side on their way to victory but instead an action-packed display which rightfully earned him plenty of plaudits.
From a defensive perspective, he contributed with four tackles, six defensive duel winners and six ball recoveries – figures comparable with any other player on the pitch.
On the whole it was pretty much the perfect away performance from Watford, and their superb afternoon was topped off by Troy Deeney netting his long-awaited first Premier League goal of the season.
The Hornets have fared the best of the promoted clubs so far, yet considering their excellent defensive work and organisation some could argue that it hasn’t really come as a great surprise.