Title odds 2016-17 1,000-1
Star man Troy Deeney
Odion Ighalo was equally prolific in front of goal, but Deeney was the undisputed hero of an excellent campaign. Aside from his goals, his work-rate and attitude were exemplary and he became a totem among the fans.
What went right
Watford were eighth in the Premier League on Feb 13, and progressing serenely in the FA Cup, sparking talk of a European adventure. That form was based on the clinical form of Deeney and Ighalo, and a well-organised, hard-working defence that allowed more creative talents to flourish.
What went wrong?
Everyone appeared to take their eye off the ball. Ighalo stopped scoring and the defence began to creak. If Quique Sánchez Flores was trying to keep his players fresh for the FA Cup semifinal, it backfired: an awful performance saw them beaten by Crystal Palace.
Lame duck Steven Berghuis
Arrived for almost £5 million last summer but barely caused a ripple at Vicarage Road, failing to make a Premier League start. Now being linked with a move to Feyenoord.
What’s the verdict on Quique Sanchez Flores?
Watford’s owners, the Pozzo family, were alarmed by the club’s springtime slide. That contributed to the decision to part company with Flores last Friday.