Watford's transfer window rated: Real quality and promising talent

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri

As part of our analysis of the Premier League transfer window we take a look at Watford FC.

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri

Finishing in 13th place last season can certainly be viewed as a success for Watford. During their two previous stints in the Premier League, Watford lasted only one season before dropping back down to the Championship, finishing in 20th in the 1999/2000 and 2006/07 campaigns.

The aim for the Hornets this year is to consolidate their position as a Premier League club and not become a side that is consistently yo-yo-ing up and down between the top two divisions.

The biggest challenge during the off-season has been holding on to two of the club’s star attractions, Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo.

Ighalo in particular has been a wanted man, with the club rejecting overtures from the ever-burgeoning Chinese Super League and from West Brom, who tabled offers in excess of £30 million for the Nigerian striker.

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Isaac Success (£12.5m)

Watford will hope that they have acquired for themselves an example of nominative determinism, as the highly rated 20-year-old Nigerian striker arrives from Granada to compete with Deeney and Ighalo to start up front for the Hornets.

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin in action with Watford's Isaac Success

The youngster had been linked with a number of top clubs across Europe, but the club’s owners will hope that Success can have as much of an impact as his international age-grade forward partner, Kelechi Iheanacho.

Success impressed off the bench against Arsenal, showing excellent strength and speed to cause trouble among the Arsenal defence.

Roberto Pereyra (£10.4m)

The 25-year-old winger with ten caps for Argentina has arrived from Juventus. Pereyra played for Juve in the Champions League final but found his opportunities limited last season.

Brice Dja Djedje (£3m)

The 25-year-old Ivorian right-back spent his youth career at PSG, but made his name with Evian and Marseille.

His ability to play as a wing-back fits in perfectly with new manager Walter Mazzarri’s 3-5-2 template. Dja Djedje has a tendency to shine going forward but can be caught out in defence, but the Hornets’ formation will allow him to concentrate primarily on his attacking play.

Christian Kabasele (£5.8m)

The 25-year-old Congolese-born centre-back arrives form Belgian side Genk, whilst he has also been involved with the Belgium national side at Euro 2016.

Kabasele possesses strong physical attributes which should hold him in good stead in an aggressive division such as the Premier League.

Having not featured in the opening two match-day squads, Kabasele started in the 3-1 defeat against Arsenal but had a tough time dealing with the pace of Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin.

Stefano Okaka (£10m)

The 27-year-old striker spent the beginning of his career with Roma, and has had further spells with Fulham, Parma, Sampdoria and Anderlecht, whilst he also has four caps for Italy.

Having netted 17 times last season for Anderlecht, Okaka will provide further back-up and competition up front for the Hornets, and is a genuine goalscoring threat for the boys in yellow.

Daryl Janmaat (£7.5m)

Newcastle's Daryl Janmaat in action with Fulham's Floyd AyiteJanmaat in action for Newcastle

The 27-year-old Dutch right-back arrives from Newcastle, for whom he featured regularly during two seasons at St James’ Park. He also has 27 caps for the Netherlands.

Jerome Sinclair (£4m)

The 19-year-old striker was Liverpool’s youngest ever player, having made his debut just six days after his 16th birthday.

A former England youth international, Sinclair will provide depth to the strike force but perhaps won’t be a regular feature to start off with.

Younes Kaboul (£3.4m)

The 30-year-old centre-back signs from Sunderland, and is no stranger to the Premier League having also had spells with Portsmouth and Spurs.

Juan Camilo Zuniga (Loan)

The 30-year-old defender arrives on a season-long loan from Napoli. He has 62 caps for Colombia.

Zuniga has featured briefly off the bench for the Hornets this season. He had a decent outing against Southampton, but would sooner forget his showing against Gillingham.

Zuniga has played under new boss Mazzarri before at Napoli.

Adrian Mariappa (Free)

The 29-year-old defender returns to the club for whom he made over 200 appearances between 2005 and 2012.

He has since played for Reading and Crystal Palace, but after he was released by Alan Pardew he returns to Vicarage Road after a four-year absence.

Kenedy (Loan)

Chelsea's Kenedy in action with Swansea's Jefferson MonteroKenedy wearing the blue of Chelsea

The 20-year-old Brazilian can play either as a forward or a left-back, and made 20 appearances for Chelsea last season.

Outgoings

Matej Vydra, Miguel Layun, Allan Nyom, Almen Abdi, Ikechi Anya, Jose Manuel Jurado, Luke Simpson, Juanfran, Sven Kums (signed but immediately loaned out), Gabriele Angella, Daniel Pudil, Steven Berghuis, Uche Ikpeazu, Sean Murray, Mario Suarez, Obbi Oulare, Adalberto Peñaranda, Tom Hoban, Joel Ekstrand, Victor Ibarbo

Summary

10 players have left Vicarage Road permanently with 12 players joining. There are some players of real quality, with a combination of young talent and proven Premier League and international pedigree.

GRADE: B

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