It will be interesting to see how quickly the Portuguese manager can implement change at the Hornets given the incredible effort made at Hull City last season. Given how much of an enigma Watford have been during their time in the Premier League.
A squad filled with the Pozzo Scouting Network TM has found a way to maintain its Premier League status and increase its coffers with stable, mid to lower table finishes over the past few years.
Watford Predicted XI
Free Kicks 1. Holebas 2. Kaboul 3. Capoue
Penalties 1. Capoue 2. Okaka 3. Success
The injury prone Daryl Janmaat (5.0) is closely followed by the yellow hornet himself Jose Holebas (5.0) who managed to accrue 14 yellow cards last season.
Peter picked a pickled pepper Prodl (4.5) is likely to take up a central-defensive role alongside super smiley Kaboul (4.5) with Cathcart (4.5) and Kabasele (4.5) on the injury table.
New signing Kiko Femenia (4.5) could offer some value when Janmaat goes down with an ailment after half a dozen game-weeks.
Capoue (5.5) defied all logic last season with 7 goals and 2 assists, expect him to never repeat that feat in a million years. Although I expect him to start in the CAM role before making way for a fit yet never fit Pereyra (6.0) who will flatter to derisive on the back of a single double point haul.
Cleverley (5.0) the Old Trafford youngster who never quite made it has popped his head up at Watford to underwhelm alongside the new youth prospect Chalobah (4.5). Both will be fighting for a position alongside the man-beast Doucoure (5.0) or blonde bandit Hughes (5.0).
Hughes (5.0) was a widely renowned youngster from his time at Derby County although his fantasy achievements have gone to dust in recent seasons. Has CDM written all over him. Keep a casual eye on him, only one though.
Amrabat (5.0) is about the most defensive wide-midfielder I have ever seen. A bit like a poor man’s Jesus Navas which is saying something!
Issac Success (5.5) is a real prospect within this dour, dour squad. Lightening quick, he could easily be converted to a striker if Okaka fails in front of goal. Closely monitor.
Troy Deeney (6.5) he has hurt his groin during the pre-season, make of that what you will and is extremely unlikely to start the season which puts Okaka (5.5) in the firing line as a nice juicy asset for our selection.
Okaka (5.5) has some good qualities (speed, strength, height) although he does not have the finishing skills of Troy Deeney. Is unlikely to take spot kicks off Capoue either…
Let us be honest Watford are not all that exciting, although that said you never know where a surprise packet will come from. Okaka (5.5) and Success (5.5) are well priced under a new, young and ambitious manager. They may very well reap the rewards after hosting Liverpool (H) they travel to Bournemouth (A), host Brighton (H) travel to Southampton (A) in the opening four fixtures of the season.