We’ve been asking the fans who they think have been the best signings of the summer. This is your list and this, is your number 9.
Watford secured a massive deal for Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra during the summer, for only £13.5 million, which in today’s market is incredibly cheap for a player of his calibre. He is exactly the player that the Hornets were looking for: creative, skilful and fast. But what exactly makes Pereyra such a coup for Watford?
Pereyra popped up with a few goals for Juventus and Udinese, acting as a sort of poacher from the central attacking midfield position. He has already shown this in his first 45 minutes for Watford, picking up the scraps and quickly getting the ball out of his feet before firing into the top corner. He scored a total of 5 goals for Juventus in his time there, and 8 for Udinese in his 3 seasons there. These goals could be crucial in the Golden Boys’ bid for survival as last season almost all the goals came from the two up top, so a few goals from the midfield would be a massive plus this season.
Assists are also on the Argentinians agenda, getting a total of 13 assists during his time in Italy. Watford don’t really have an assist provider in the midfield after the sale of Almen Abdi, so again this would be a much welcome addition to the Yellow’s midfield. He also completed 1.9 key passes per game in his last season at the Turin club which, if he can transfer that to the Premier League, is a massive plus. More key passes mean more chances which are crucial for Watford, as this creates more goals which are integral in a relegation battle.
Creativity has been lacking in the Watford team for some time, so with Pereyra’s skill it will add a whole other element to the Watford midfield. We’ve already seen this with him in a Watford shirt, watching him skin 3 Arsenal players on his debut at Vicarage Road. He’s also shown this at all of his previous clubs, completing on average 3 successful dribbles per game throughout his career. This will be great for the Hornets, as in the squad they don’t really have a player who can run at defenders, and successfully get past them almost every time. This adds a whole new dimension to the Watford attack, and solidifies why he is in the top 10 Premier League signings.
All in all, Watford have secured a very talented player, for very little money too. He will be crucial to the Golden Boys’ bid for survival, and if he can provide the assists for Deeney and Ighalo, who knows where the Hornets could potentially finish?
By Tom Cobbing (@tomcobbing)