WEARY WATFORD DESERVE A PAT ON THE BACK
WATCHING Watford has been a thrilling experience this season. On their day, the Hornets are the best counterattacking side in the division.
They’ve got players with sumptuous skill like Almen Abdi, pace like Matej Vydra and raw, boundless potential like Nathaniel Chalobah.
OK, so they’re all on loan. But ignore the whingers and naysayers who moan that their exploitation of the system is unfair, or that the soul has been ripped from the club.
Watford haven’t broken any rules. And being owned by the same family who own Udinese doesn’t make Watford a feeder club.
Truth is, they were more of a feeder club before the takeover when, skint and struggling, they had to sell their best players to the first Premier League club who came calling with a hefty pay cheque.
The only reason opposition fans and managers complain about Watford is because they’re jealous.
They’d all do it if they could, and in a heartbeat.
Alas, if the system has one flaw it is that foreign players aren’t used to slogging out a 46game season.
Watching Watford against Leeds on the final day and then Leicester in the playoffs, the unavoidable conclusion is that the Hornets are flat out knackered.
Abdi is effective in bursts but no longer dominates a game.
Where once Vydra left defenders for dead, now he runs on the spot like Shaggy from ScoobyDoo.
Yet even if they fall, Watford have been a credit to the division.
If people look objectively, they will hopefully see an ownership model that brings both financial stability and success.
And at the end of the day, isn’t that what everyone wants?