Will Watford's summer signings be a success?

Walter Mazzarri has been one of the busiest managers in the transfer window so far, with some exciting acquisitions

Will Watford's summer signings be a success?
Walter Mazzarri was appointed Watford Head Coach in May 2016. Photo: 101greatgoals.com

Watford's new head coach Walter Mazzarri has not hesitated in his recruitment this summer, signing four new players to date.

The Hornets have been one of the busiest Premier League clubs during this transfer window. We take a look at what role these new signings will play in the upcoming seasons, as well as the potential players that may be joining them at Vicarage Road.

Isaac Success

The Nigerian forward became Watford’s most expensive player after signing from Granada for a club-record fee of around £12.5 million.

The 20-year-old had an impressive season with Granada last year, picking up the Player of the Year award for the club after helping them avoid relegation from La Liga.

Success scored six goals in 30 appearances for Granada last season, and has demonstrated his ability to either play up front or in a wider position.

With Watford captain Troy Deeney signing a new contract and Odion Ighalo appearing to be happy at Vicarage Road, boss Mazzarri will be looking to try and find a way to fit all three players into his favoured 3-5-2 system.

Watford's exciting new attacker Isaac Success | Photo: wdsport.co.uk
Watford's exciting new attacker Isaac Success | Photo: wdsport.co.uk

Christian Kabasale

Centre-back Kabasele signed from Belgian side KRC Genk for a fee in the region of £5 million, penning a five-year deal.

The 25-year-old was named as part of the senior Belgium squad for Euro 2016, but did not manage any game time during the tournament.

Kabasele, who played 76 games for KRC Genk, seems likely to start for Watford alongside Miguel Britos and Craig Cathcart, with Mazzarri preferring to play with three centre-backs.

Despite the departures of Joel Ekstrand and Gabriele Angella, Kabasele will still face tough competition from other centre-backs such as Sebastian Prödl and Tommie Hoban.

Christian Kabasele | Photo: Belga
Christian Kabasele | Photo: Belga

Jerome Sinclair

The 19-year-old was Mazzarri’s first signing of the summer, after Watford agreed to pay £4 million in compensation for the player.

The highly-rated youngster made five first-team appearances for his former side Liverpool. He is also the youngest player to play for Liverpool, making his debut aged 16 years and six days in a League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion in 2012.

Sinclair has represented England under 17s and his raw pace will give Watford an alternative attacking option.

With various attacking options at Mazzarri’s disposal, Sinclair is likely to feature in cup competitions throughout the season. However, he will be looking to compete alongside the likes of Matej Vydra and others for some Premier League game time.

Jerome Sinclair | Photo: Mark Leech/Offside
Jerome Sinclair | Photo: Mark Leech/Offside

Juan Camilo Zuniga

Watford’s most recent signing is Colombian full-back Juan Camilo Zuniga, who has signed on a season-long loan from Napoli.

The 30-year-old has made 61 appearances for Colombia and represented his country at the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Copa America.

Zuniga played under boss Mazzarri for four years at Napoli, where they won the Coppa Italia in 2012 and qualified for the Champions League.

With the full-back’s work rate and attacking presence, it is likely that Zuniga will start as a wing back in Watford’s new 3-5-2 system.

Zuniga in action for Napoli | Photo: forzaitalianfootball.com
Zuniga in action for Napoli | Photo: forzaitalianfootball.com

Potential new signings

Although Watford have been one of the busiest Premier League clubs this transfer window, there are still areas in the squad which they could strengthen before deadline day.

The Hornets have been linked with Lille attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal, who had a very impressive season in Ligue 1.

Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus are also said to be interested in the Moroccan, who is rated at around £18 million.

Boufal, 22, scored 12 goals in 35 appearances for Lille last season and would be a welcomed addition at Vicarage Road. His goal threat would also take pressure off frontmen Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, who scored nearly 75% of Watford’s goals last season.

Sofiane Boufal | Photo: forzaitalianfootball.com
Sofiane Boufal | Photo: forzaitalianfootball.com

Other names linked with Watford include Marseille defender Brice Dja Djedje and West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino.