The highly-rated Venezuela striker joined Watford in 2016 and has finally been granted a work permit along with a new contract.

It’s currently a good time to be a Watford fan.

The Hornets are flying high in the Premier League, currently sitting seventh in the table, and manager Javi Gracia is reported to be penning a new contract this week.

Another piece of good news for the Vicarage Road faithful involves young striker Adalberto Penaranda being granted a work permit and signing a contract until 2023.

The Venezuelan came to Europe in 2015 when he joined Udinese before signing for Watford a year later, with loan stints at Granada, Udinese and Malaga thrown in for good measure.

Penaranda, who has made 13 international appearances for Venezuela, was a member of the Under-20 side which finished World Cup runners-up in 2017.

On Wednesday, the Hornets confirmed that a work permit had finally been granted for the 21-year-old, who is now available for immediate selection by Gracia.

Penaranda was delighted with the news and took to Twitter to express his joy at finally being able to make his Premier League bow:

Many Watford fans responded to his tweets with excitement:

A driven, technically gifted player who isn’t scared of physical challenges, many Watford fans are expecting good things from Penaranda.

Even if it takes him a little while to adjust to Premier League football, he is bound to be given plenty of time to get up to scratch and develop further by both the club and the supporters.

In other news, Report: Leeds United made enquiry for 24-goal striker in January, he wanted exit