You may or may not know that so far in the summer transfer window, Watford have brought in eight new faces at Vicarage Road. These players include Manuel Almunia and Fitz Hall, who are both great additions but that’s my own personal opinion. Almunia is an experienced goalkeeper and according to a West Ham fan, he was impressive during his one month loan last season. Hall is a strong, physical defender who has plenty of experience in both the Premier League and in the Championship where has tasted promotion with Queens Park Rangers.
The other players we have brought in have been loan deals from both our ‘feeder clubs’, Granada and Udinese. Daniel Pudil and Ikechi Anya have arrived on loan from Granada. While, four players have arrived from Udinese and these players are Almen Abdi, Matej Vydra, Steve Leo Beleck and Alexandre/Alex Geijo. There is talk of us bringing another Udinese player in on loan, Neuton who is a Brazilian defender who can play at both centre-back and left-back. How many defenders do we want? If we do sign him, there is a possibility that Carl Dickinson will leave the club. Not saying that I agree, but I’d imagine that Dickinson would be third choice left back, over Neuton and Pudil. One final transfer rumour is that Tommy Smith will be making another return to the Vicarage Road.
So, is this good for Watford FC? European players being loaned to us from either Granada or Udinese might mean attacking and exciting football. You could possibly think that we’re being used to develop up-and-coming prospects. But, it could mean that young players like Matt Whichelow, Adam Thompson and Piero Mingoia will get very limited first team football but any player could do what Murray did last season and become an important first team player. If it brings success, then I’m all for it but I would like to see the young players develop more so is it good for Watford? Hard to say at this stage.