The Cameroon international has been a first-choice right-back for six seasons with Granada.
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After somewhat lengthy negotiations over personal terms during the last couple of weeks, Watford officially announced the capture of right-back Allan Nyom on Tuesday, with the player penning a four-year contract at Vicarage Road.
Certainly, Granada fans are sad to see the 27-year-old leave Nuevo Los Carmenes, but after six consecutive seasons on loan from fellow Pozzo club Udinese, there’s a level of appreciation regarding the player wanting a new challenge.
Nyom was amongst the first of the Udinese influx to arrive at Granada in the summer of 2009, when the club was practically saved from certain death, thanks to the backing of the Pozzo family. As such, he is a player who through his efforts, has remained very popular amongst supporters of Los Rojiblancos.
What can be expected of Allan Nyom at Watford?
It’s fair to say that when Allan Nyom first joined Granada, he was a very raw player, but one who had a huge determination to succeed. This was always clear from day one, both in training sessions and in matches, when the team were in the Spanish third-tier.
As one promotion was followed consecutively by another and to the Primera with Nyom an important figure. Even though there were doubts about his technical ability at the highest level, when Granada reached the top-flight, Nyom has always worked tirelessly to improve his overall game.
Indeed, other right-back options have arrived at Granada, many of whom are or were certainly quality players, but none have been able to dislodged Nyom from the starting eleven. He made that position very much his own, due to his quality performances and consistency.
Nyom has certainly improved in the last four years with Granada, particularly in his positional awareness defensively, along with his final cross when he gets forward on marauding runs. The latter an important improvement, as he was sometimes wasteful after powering his way down the right flank, only to be wayward with his final ball into the area.
What underlines Nyom most of all perhaps, is his strong character and personality. He is highly motivated, he’s a team player and his sense of determination is second to none. Whenever he makes a mistake, his expressiveness and self-reprimanding nature is evident for fans to see. Very rarely will he make the same mistakes twice.
That’s one of the reasons Nyom has endeared himself so much to Granada fans, who appreciate the efforts of a player who doesn’t just give 100% when he pulls on the shirt, but always pushes himself to give much more. His powerful physique and excellent fitness levels backing up his efforts.
His physical strength and style of play has served Granada well, even if he is still lacking a little in some of the technical finesse, which La Liga is renowned for. However, he’s a player who knows his limitations, masks them well and ensures his strengths are put to best use.
The personal viewpoint.
Allan Nyom is certainly a player who will adapt well and quickly to the Premier League. During the last six years observing his every performance with Granada, I’ve always felt that he was destined for a move to England at some point.
Now that time has arrived with Watford, they’re going to benefit from getting a player who is reaching the very peak of his career, who will give everything he’s got and more, to make his time at Vicarage Road a resounding success. This is an opportunity he’ll want to grasp with both hands, and it’s a challenge he’ll relish.
Off the pitch, Allan is as friendly a chap you’ll ever want to meet. He always has the utmost respect for fans, and is always happy to greet them whenever he can. Likewise with the press and media he’s been a popular figure, always getting the balance right by knowing when to be entertaining and when to be serious.
Most importantly, Nyom has always been a popular figure amongst his peers in the dressing room. It’s this which will help him to settle into life with Watford quickly and effectively, so that Quique Sanchez Flores can get the very best level of performance and effort straight away, both in training and in matches.
We’ll certainly miss Nyom here in Granada, whilst there’s no doubting from anyone who has known him and enjoyed his performances here, that he’ll be a great success with Watford. He’s worked hard for his opportunity in the Premier League.
Anecdotally, I’ll leave you with one image amidst many fond memories I’ll certainly never forget… Nyom completely nullifying Cristiano Ronaldo two season ago at Nuevo Los Carmenes, on 2nd February 2013.
Such were the frustrations of the Portuguese superstar, he ended up switching flanks. He simply couldn’t find a way past Nyom, no matter what tricks from his remarkable repertoire he tried. Nor could he out-muscle the powerful frame of the Cameroon international.
Granada went on to record a surprising 1-0 victory, thanks coincidentally to a headed own-goal from Cristiano, who certainly cut a frustrated figure that day, thanks in no small part to the efforts and solidity of Nyom.