How have Watford's new signings fared so far this season?

Watford's Isaac Success celebrates scoring their second goal

Let's take a look at how Watford's summer signings have started their time at Vicarage Road.

Isaac Success

Success joined from Spanish side Granada this summer and the Nigerian has been a regular on the Watford bench. He made promising appearances off the bench against Arsenal and West Ham before coming on against Manchester United to set up Carlos Zuniga, who won the Hornets a late penalty. After another lively substitute appearance away to Burnley, there were calls for Success to start ahead of Odion Ighalo for the visit of Bournemouth. Again, Success had to settle for the bench but was rewarded with his first Watford goal when he came on in the second half.

Verdict: Walter Mazzarri is slowly blooding in Success and the forward is responding brilliantly. If the 19 year-old can continue this form when he begins to start games; Watford will have a real talent on their hands. Grade: A

Roberto Pereyra

Pereyra became Watford’s record signing when he moved from Juventus this summer and he has already won over the Vicarage Road crowd. The Argentinean midfielder scored on his debut against Arsenal before turning in an instrumental performance to aid Watford’s fight back at West Ham. He enjoyed another eye catching performance against Manchester United and set up Carlos Zuniga’s winner. Pereyra was lucky not to see red in Watford’s disappointing trip to Burnley and wasn’t at his usual best against Bournemouth.

Verdict: Pereyra appears to be another excellent piece of recruitment from Watford. He provides the link between the midfield and forwards that Watford lacked in the second half of last season. Grade: A

Daryl Janmaat

Watford brought in Janmaat from relegated Newcastle United and the Dutch defender had a solid debut at home to Arsenal. However, he showed the weaknesses in his game when he struggled defensively at the London Stadium. He bounced back well in Watford’s next fixture by assisting Etienne Capoue for the Hornets opener against Manchester United. He came off with a shoulder injury and missed the Burnley and Bournemouth games.

Verdict: It is no secret that Janmaat isn’t the strongest defensively. Mazzarri will have to prevent other teams exploiting this frailty if the ex-Newcastle man is to be a success. Grade: C

Christian Kabasele

Kabasele arrived from Genk and had to wait until Watford’s EFL Cup tie with Gillingham for his debut. The defender had a forgettable time as the Hornets were dumped out by Justin Edinbugh’s side. The Belgian youth international then started in Arsenal’s 3-1 win at Vicarage Road. Kabasele struggled and looked unsettled by the pace of Premier League football.

Verdict: Kabasele has the physical presence to succeed at this level but will need time to adjust to this challenging league.

Grade: C

Stefano Okaka

Okaka’s only appearance so far this season came away to West Ham. The Italian looked a real force when he came off the bench and had a goal ruled out for offside. He has since had issues with a hamstring injury.

Verdict: Watford fans will have enjoyed his 12 minute cameo at the London Stadium and will be hoping he repeats that form once he recovers from his injury. Grade: C

Younes Kaboul

Kaboul has had a mixed start to his Watford career. Alongside Kabasele, he found it tough to handle a pacey Arsenal side but he responded well the following game with a good performance against West Ham. He missed the next few fixtures before returning to the starting line-up for the Bournemouth match. Kaboul played well but deflected Joshua King’s long-range effort past Heurelho Gomes.

Verdict: The ex-Sunderland man will be hoping his solid performance against Bournemouth will see him keep his place following the international break.  Grade: B

Camilo Zuniga

In the early stages of this season, Mazzarri has utilised Zuniga off the bench as the Columbian tries to get for match fit. Zuniga had five substitute appearances including a shocker against Gillingham and followed by a match winning performance when the Hornets faced Manchester United. He got his first start against Bournemouth but Junior Stanislas caused him problems and Jack Wilshire should have capitalised on his poor positioning to give Bournemouth the win.

Verdict: Another player who is being slowly introduced to the league. He has showed glimpses of real quality and then moments which suggest he could be a liability. It will be interesting to see how he does post-international break.    

Grade: B


The on-loan Chelsea man has only appeared once off the bench so far this season. On that occasion, he was one of a few bright sparks in Watford’s uninspiring away defeat to Sean Dyche’s Burnley.

Verdict: Kenedy shows Watford have real depth and options off the bench. Expect to see him contribute a lot more as the season progresses. Grade: C

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