Why Anthony Mounier is not the right man for Watford

Anthony Mounier has been linked with a move to the newly-promoted side, but is he the right type of player?

It was reported in the Watford Observer this week that the Hornets are interested in signing Anthony Mounier from Ligue 1 side Montpellier in the summer.

The 27-year-old is out of contract in 2016 and the club from the south of France don’t want to see him leave on a free. This has been his best season for Montpellier, registering nine goals and eight assists in the league. That is more than he managed during his first two seasons combined.

However, when you examine what Mounier brings to La Paillade and how Watford play, the decision to bring them together doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Billy Hawkins wrote in these pages that “The Hertfordshire club rarely play a system utilising attacking wingers, with either wing-backs played in a 3-5-2, or a diamond midfield played in a 4-4-2.”

All the way through his career, Mounier has always played at his best as a left-sided winger. He is predominantly right-footed, but is much more comfortable playing in the modern-style that sees him cut inside from the flanks.

In the early days of his time in Montpellier, former coach Jean Fernandez tried to play him on the right to accommodate both him and Remy Cabella, but Mounier has never found a way to be as effective.

If Watford want to play the same style in the Premier League, then Mounier is not the type of player that they need next season. He is nowhere near defensive enough to play wide in a 3-5-2. There is perhaps a chance he could play centrally as a No.10 – but it’s a risky move to ask him to adapt to a new league and a new position.

Mounier is an exciting player, one who is definitely worth being interested in, but he isn’t the right man to fit into Watford’s current system.

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