Monthly Archives: July 2013

Outgoing: Britt Assombalonga

To: Peterborough United (Undisclosed fee but believed to be around £1.25 million) Watford Career: 4 games (2 starts), 0 goals It seems a bit odd to be writing an outgoing piece about a player who saw so little game-time in the first team. The sadness of Britt’s departure is not taken from what he achieved […]

Outgoing: Jonathan Hogg

To: Huddersfield (Undisclosed) Watford Career: 84 games (76 starts), 0 goals And so, to the final (hopefully) and most significant footballing departure of the summer: Jonathan Hogg completed his move north to Huddersfield Town on Monday, signing a three year deal with the Terriers for an undisclosed fee. He leaves Nyron Nosworthy as the sole […]

Outgoing: John Eustace

To: Derby County (free) Career at Watford: 168 games (160 starts), 16 goals It didn’t quite click that John Eustace had really gone until Watford released their squad numbers for the coming year. Examining the list from top to bottom, grin peaking with every extra flappy continental name, there was something wrong. Of course, it […]

Incoming: Reece Brown

They keep on coming… With Marco Cassetti, seemingly now a centre back, aging; Tommie Hoban struggling to overcome an ankle injury; Nyron Nosworthy waylaid with a ruptured Achilles and Adam Thompson without a squad number and looking like he’s on his way out of the club, Reece Brown has spent pre-season with the squad on […]

Incoming: Returning From Last Year

You all know them, so we’ll spare you the fanfare. Here are the “loanees” of yesteryear, “the permies” of today. Marco Cassetti, 36 – Signed until 2014 Old Italian man returns for one last year. Hertfordshire housewives and facial hair enthusiasts rejoice. Daniel Pudil, 27 – Signed until 2017 Czech wing-back with genuinely baffling […]

Outgoing: Lee Hodson

Total Watford games: 91 (83 starts), 1 goals To: MK Dons (free) Watford fans have seen their fair share of youngsters come through the academy over the past few years. One or two have gone on to better things, some are plying their trade in the Championship, but the majority have fallen down the league […]

Analytics, Marginal Goals and Matej Vydra

The Numbers Game, the book written by two American social economists (me neither) that was published earlier this year, aimed to do for football analytics what Moneyball did for Baseball. Though the book’s ambitions to highlight what we can learn from statistics and data in the stubbornly traditional sport are praiseworthy, it often lapses into […]