Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness has said that people prefer to watch Watford to Swansea City due to the latter’s overly cautious possession play hindering their attacking abilities, Sky Sports reports.
The Welsh outfit dominated possession, claiming 73% of the ball and making 681 passes but for all their work with the ball they only managed two shots on target in the entire match.
Watford, in contrast, managed just 260 passes against Liverpool, but they crushed their opponents 3-0, prompting Souness to describe the Hornets’ style as more effective and more entertaining.
“They [Swansea] don't move it quick enough. They had 681 passes today and only had two shots on target, that ain't good enough to have all that ball,” the Scot explained.
“Watford had 260 passes and scored three goals. It's two different ways of playing. Would you rather watch Swansea or would you rather watch Watford? You would pick Watford all day long.
“The modern game appears to be happy to make passes just for the sake of it. 681 passes with two shots on target emphasises that point. That's not good enough. You have to be more threatening."
|Total Passes||Forward Passes||Final Third Entries|
|Swansea (vs West Ham)||681||201||71|
|Watford (vs Liverpool)||260||150||79|
As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Watford’s efficiency can be illustrated by the fact they made much fewer overall passes but actually entered the final third more often than Swansea.
Swansea have long built their game around possession play, but in order for it to work they need to be penetrating, forceful and courageous yet that evidently hasn’t been the case this season.
Watford, in contrast, have been bold and willing as they regularly line up in a 4-4-2 formation and look to counter using speed and precision – two attributes which have been key to their success thus far.