Evaluating Watford’s 11 Summer Signings: Success or Failure?


Watford had a very busy summer transfer window, lots of ins and lots of outs. In this article I’m going to round up all of Watford’s business and analyse each signing and then give my overall opinion on their transfer window.

Isaac Success

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Success was signed from Granada for £12.5 million as a replacement for the aging Deeney and Ighalo. Success is definitely a player for the future, but as of right now I still think Troy and Odion rank above the Nigerian. Isaac still has enough quality to be an important player for the Hornets, as his pace will add something new to the Watford attack, and he will make a quality super sub to run at defenders for the last few minutes of a game and try and snatch a goal.

Roberto Pereyra

This has to be the Golden Boys’ best signing of the summer. He has everything that Watford were looking for in a central attacking midfielder: skill, pace and creativity. He will be absolutely crucial in making things tick for the Hornets, providing the spark that will turn nothing into something and pinging balls forward for Deeney and Ighalo to run on to. He’s the player all Watford fans have been crying out for, for some time now, and it is a massive relief to see one finally come in.

Daryl Janmaat

A signing I am personally a little unsure about. I reckon he could be a great player for us if he puts his mind to it, but he’ll need some time to adapt to the wing back role. He seems a great player going forward, but a bit shaky when defending, and that could sting the Hornets. In the wing back role it is crucial that you get back and help your defence against the speedy wingers, but I think that is something that Janmaat may struggle with.

Christian Kabasele

He looks to be a very solid defender and adds great depth to the Watford defence and looks as if he has the quality to start week in week out in the Premier League. However, whilst Kabasele looks to be fantastic, like Success, I feel like he has been signed more as a player for the future. I can’t see him dislodging regulars like Cathcart, Prodl, Britos or Kaboul for now, but in the future he will definitely be challenging. It gives Walter Mazzarri a fantastic headache when choosing his back three.

Stefano Okaka

I’m not going to lie, I really do not know much about Okaka. He seems like a weird signing considering the depth in the forward position at the moment, and from what I’ve heard, Deeney, Ighalo and Success will all be above him in the pecking order. He seems an interesting signing and I am looking forward to seeing what Walter can do with him.

Younes Kaboul

I have always been a big admirer of Kaboul. He is one of those no-nonsense defenders that every team needs. He has leadership skills like no other defender I’ve seen and will marshal the back 3 fantastically. He is a very similar player to Prodl so I can see those two competing for places with Cathcart and Britos around either one.

Adrian Mariappa

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A very unexpected signing. He is a massive fan favourite at the club from his last spell here, and whilst he may not be the best player anymore, I for one am very happy to see him back. I don’t think he will get in the starting XI, but he has been signed for squad depth instead as he is homegrown and won’t add to the massive list of foreign players at Watford already. Anyways, very happy to see him back home. Return of the Mapps.

Brice Dja Djedje

He hasn’t been included in the squad which is odd, it seems as if he has a problem with fitness and injuries which is a bit concerning. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him go out on loan somewhere and get some game time so he can improve his fitness. If he comes back, then I would be intrigued to see where he fits in. We already have lots of wingbacks, so would he replace one of them? Or is he there to add depth? We’ll have to wait and see.

Juan Camilo Zuniga

From what I’ve already seen of him, he looks to be a decent player. He’s got pace, skill and can whip in a mean cross, but I think I prefer Holebas and Janmaat to him. If one of them gets injured then we have a more than capable back up, but he won’t just waltz into the starting XI in my opinion.

Jerome Sinclair

He looks to be a very, very exciting prospect and looks as if he may even get some game time this season, with Mazzarri liking to play the youth sometimes. He is certainly one for the future and could turn into a very important player for the Golden Boys. I cannot wait to see him play, and to hopefully watch him turn into a magical player.


And finally, Kenedy. Another exciting young prospect from Chelsea to the Hornets. I don’t think he has a set position anymore, with Mourinho playing him all over the park last season, so it’ll be interesting to see where he fits into the team. Like Sinclair, I am looking forward to seeing him play, and to see just how much of an exciting prospect he really is.

All in all, I think Watford had a great transfer window. They’ve made some great signings and really added to the depth of the squad, meaning should a player get injured then they will always have someone quality to fill the void. Agree? Disagree? Let me know on Twitter with the @ below!

By Tom Cobbing (@tomcobbing)