Sarr and Pedro gone but £9m man in
In reality, nobody expected Emmanuel Denis to still be a Watford player at midnight on September 1.St. But Dennis, Sir Ismaila lost And Joao Pedro in the same window? As things stand, it looks like all three will be gone by the time they arrive at Vicarage Road next month.
Elton Johns I guess that’s why they call it the bluesA suspect, today will strike differently for Watford boss Rob Edwards.
Because, according to The Times, Newcastle United are closing in on a £30million deal for Joao Pedro despite Edwards’ outcry. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. An initial bid of £20 million was rejected by the Magpies earlier this week. Ismaila Sir, meanwhile, could leave Crystal Palace for a similar fee, rejoining Nottingham Forest newcomer Dennis in the top-flight (ft Mercato).
At least, with all three players having given Watford a big win, Edwards and co will have plenty of funds to play with over the next two weeks; Although finding a replacement of equal quality may be a bridge too far.
Per The Athletic, Watford will receive another £1million after Pervis Estupinan’s move to Brighton & Hove Albion, thanks to a sell-on clause in the left-back’s contract.
How will Watford replace Ismaila Sir and Joao Pedro?
Talks are ongoing with 19-year-old Fluminense forward Mathews Martin. He may be an unknown quantity, but Watford certainly deserve the benefit of the doubt. Richarlison and Joao Pedro arrived as the fresh-faced youngsters in Brazilian football and eventually earned the Hertfordshire outfit around £80 million.
O Jogo believes Martins could set Watford back around £9million. A tricky, unpredictable, right-footed left-hander, the former Brazil youth star should step into Denis’ shoes. Edwards’ own rocket man, Maybe?
At least, in Aston Villa loanee Keanan Davies, Watford already have a centre-forward who has proven himself to be a difference-maker at the heart of the promotion battle. Davies helped the number nine from Nottingham Forest to Wembley last term by destroying the ball. He also thrived in a 3-5-2 formation at the City Ground; Just as Edwards has known at Vicarage Road since arriving from League Two champions Forest Green.
Wakouun Issouf Bayo and Ray Manaj will battle for Davies’ spot in the attack. Silky Martins, however, seem a more natural partner for the Villa loanee; Perhaps performing similar duties to Philip Zinkernagel or Brennan Johnson at Nottingham Forest.
Defensive reinforcement is required
According to The Athletic, Watford are in talks to sign Southampton’s Jack Stephens and Aston Villa’s Corny House; Their pursuit of the latter could be complicated by Diego Carlos’ ruptured Achilles.
The left foot house will replace Sameer. It remains to be seen, however, whether both come or whether it is a case of ‘one or the other’. There is no reason why Stephens cannot enter the House side; Right footer next to lefty. Christian Kabasele, Francisco Sieralta and Craig Cathcart, meanwhile, remained outstanding Championship defenders. Kane Sema has thrived at this level before, while Hassane Kamara is expected to continue as well.
Hamza Chaudhary also looks like an excellent addition.
“I thought he was excellent,” beamed Edwards after the Leicester loanee’s debut in the 1-0 win over Burnley. “Destiny, his drive, his will; He’s infectious, the way he turns. He covers the ground so quickly. It was a tremendous debut and I was happy with him.”
Losing Ismaila Sir, Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Denis in one summer is certainly a blow; If not completely unexpected. And don’t forget Cucho Hernandez’s move to MLS. But Watford still have the base of a squad – more than capable of challenging for promotion, even without the three forwards who could ultimately earn them around £100 million in transfer fees.
For Watford, that’s a case in point I’m still standing.
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