We take a look at Roberto Pereyra’s start to life at Vicarage Road.
Roberto Pereyra became Watford’s club-record signing when he joined from Italian giants Juventus in the summer. He is now ten games into life at Vicarage Road; so let’s take a look at how he is getting on.
Pereyra’s debut came off the bench in Watford’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal. The midfielder replaced Adlene Guedioura at half-time and helped the Hornet’s to a much improved second half performance. He even marked his first appearance with a goal - finishing past Petr Cech in the 57th minute.
The Argentine followed up his impressive cameo with another eye-catching display away to West Ham. His wonderful cross for Etienne Capoue helped complete a speculator turnaround for the visitors. Pereyra’s silky touch was also on show with a cheeky nutmeg past Dimitri Payet.
Watford recorded back-to-back wins when Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side came to Vicarage Road. Although Pereyra had a relatively quiet afternoon, he did set up Carlos Zuniga for the Hornets’ decisive second goal.
After a bright start in Watford colours, Pereyra’s form took a hit in the next four matches. He was lucky not to see red in the Monday night trip to Turf Moor, as he was one of many Watford players to underperform against Burnley. He then failed to make any impact in the games against Bournemouth, Middlesbrough and Swansea.
Pereyra had a better outing in Watford’s late 1-0 win over Hull City, before being an anonymous figure in the Hornet’s 6-1 thrashing by Liverpool.
But the ex-Juve man responded with a tremendous showing against Leicester City. He played an important part in creating Watford’s opener, before his beautiful curling shot doubled the Hornet’s lead. Pereyra continued to show his quality and ease on the ball to help Watford see off the Premier League Champions.
Worth the money?
It has been an inconsistent start to life in English football for Roberto Pereyra. As can be the case with creative players, he drifts out of games far too often, particularly when he is played out wide.
Despite this, he has still shown his potential as a match-winner for Watford. When the 25-year-old doesn’t go missing, he has the ability to lift the entire Watford squad with his vision and talent on the ball.
If Walter Mazzarri and the Vicarage Road faithful can be patient with Pereyra, they could be rewarded with one of the most talented footballers to ever play for the club.