To: Trabzonspor Essaid Belkalem’s stay at Watford was one of great contrasts. While during his loan spell he often appeared off the pace and struggled to make an impact on the first team picture, signing on a permanent transfer seemed to transform the big Algerian. Since signing for Watford permanently in the summer of 2014 […]

Given that all the buzz in the past few weeks has been about how many millions hitherto unheralded Championship strikers are moving to middling clubs who shouldn’t have that much money to spend for, it’s fair to say that football is on something of a rager; completely oblivious to the prudence being it once had, […]

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Go get the fatted calf, the prodigal prodigy is back. After some baiting from Troy Deeney on Tuesday, the club announced Wednesday that Matej Vydra, the lightning-haired striker, had returned to the club on a one year loan. So that’s great news… right? ITWM duel-wielded Czechs when Matej first arrived in July 2012, back in […]

To quote Taio Cruz: it goes on and on and on… Merkel, Alex You probably can’t blame a guy for getting violently robbed at his home, but in the case of Alex Merkel’s “ram raid terror”, reported last week on the front page of the Evening Standard, the details may reveal something about the victim. […]

More of the same, I’m afraid… Faraoni, Davide With not one but two top, top clubs on his CV the hype machine went into overdrive with ol’ Davide. Which makes him all the more disappointing. Unlike some, he’s not been a disaster, but then again it’s pretty hard to see why he’s had such storied […]

Your beloved writer once briefly flirted with the idea of becoming a teacher. While it became quickly evident that I didn’t have the required energy, passion or lack of disdain for all children, one thing I had in spades was the ability to harshly condemn individuals for their performance despite their best efforts. And so, […]

Despite fears to the contrary – most recently voiced by in-club ambassador Luther Blissett at last month’s Tales from the Vicarage evening – we have continued to see a steady flow of academy-raised talent make their professional debuts at Watford since the establishment of Pozzo rule. This year, four more academy products were given their […]

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