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One Year On– How This Season’s Signings Got On (PART III)

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. […]

One Year On – How This Season’s Signings Got On (Part II)

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 […]

One Year On – How This Season’s Signings Got On (Part I)

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, […]

Incoming(ish): New Professionals

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 […]

Incoming: Josh McEachran

Football is a business. It’s not really about the elven guys on the pitch, it’s about the three or four off it who generate and dole out the money and the bloke on the other end of the phone who can shut down everything with a simple ‘no’. In the same week that indoctrinated fan […]

Incoming: Essaïd Belkalem

They just keep on coming. Watford’s transfer dealings may be getting wrapped up much earlier than they did last year, but ins and outs have still continued into the first week of the new season. The latest new recruit is Algerian centre half Essaid Belkalem. Let’s have a look. Belkalem was born on New Year’s […]

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 […]