Watford's best and worst transfers of the Premier League era

Watford's Troy Deeney

With the transfer window in full swing, HITC Sport takes a look and some of the best and the worst Watford signings.

Over the years, we've seen many spectacular and strange signings in the transfer window. Moves that have amazed and mystified fans and journalists alike, along with the occasional "hidden gem" or the odd "flop". Watford are one club who have been subject to all of the above over the years, and so, HITC Sport has decided to take a look at some of the best and the worst of the Hornets's transfer business.

Watford's Vicarage RoadWatford's Vicarage Road

The Best

Troy Deeney’s rise from the Northern Premier League to the Barclays Premier League has been nothing short of spectacular, rivalled only by that of fellow forward Jamie Vardy. Despite being played as a winger for during the early stages of his time with the Hornets, Deeney's first season up top proved he could cut it as one of the best strikers the club has had in recent years. Now the club's captain, leading the Hornets out every week in the Premier League, Deeney's rise from non-league footballer to Premier League superstar is as inspiring as it is impressive, and surely goes down as one of the best signings in Watford's recent history.

Watford's Troy DeeneyWatford's Troy Deeney

Most Watford fans will tell you just how important Danny Shittu was to the Hornets during his time at Vicarage Road. The Nigerian international has always cemented himself as a strong and powerful defender at whichever club he has played at, and his time at Watford was no different. Signed on their return to the Premier League in 2006, Shittu’s power, pace and aerial threat made him a force to be reckoned with. He was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year in 2008 during his most prolific season where he notched eight goals from centre back in all competitions.

Danny Shittu  - Watford  in action against Scunthorpe UnitedDanny Shittu - Watford

Some eyebrows were raised when Watford moved to sign Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes in 2014. During his time at Spurs, Gomes had put in a number of mixed performances, and was often the subject of comedy errors. However, upon moving to Vicarage Road, Gomes quickly won over the Watford faithful, helping the club to a swift return to the Premier League. His performances in the Premier League last season proved just why the Hornets brought him in, as Gomes picked up the Hornet's player of the season award for 15/16.

Watford's Heurelho GomesWatford's Heurelho Gomes

The Worst

After impressing during his time at Wigan Athletic, Watford fans were excited to see what Nathan Ellington could do for the Hornets on his move to Vicarage Road. However, despite scoring 59 goals in 134 appearances, Ellington's form quickly deteriorated, later losing his place in the side to Darius Henderson and Marlon King. A four month barren spell signalled the end of his time with Watford and, just two years after joining, he was sent out on loan to the Greek club, FK Xanthi.

Nathan Ellington - Watford in actionNathan Ellington - Watford in action

Joining in January 2016, Watford fans were excited by the arrival of Mario Suarez from Fiorentina. After catching the eyes of Europe's giants during his time at Atletico Madrid, Suarez looked like just the kind of strong, battling midfielder Premier League clubs are desperate for. However, things didn't go to plan for Suarez, and a number of lazy and slow performances saw the Spaniard dropped to the bench, and after just 8 months with the London club, Suarez departed on a season long loan deal to Valencia.

Watford's Mario Suarez in action with Liverpool's Joe Allen and Philippe CoutinhoWatford's Mario Suarez in action

Another disappointing signing for Watford was that of Dutch international winger, Steven Berghuis. After impressing in Holland for Dutch side AZ, scoring 20 goals from the wing in 74 appearances over three season, Berghuis seemed like an exciting signing for the London club on their promotion to the Premier League. However, after struggling to battle his way into the team, and not impressing whenever he did, Berguis was shipped off on loan to Feyenoord in the summer. 

Netherlands' Steven Berghuis and Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady in actionNetherlands' Steven Berghuis

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