Pozzos’ track record demands trust in their transfer policy

In the end, time will tell.

Time will tell whether moving on from several promotion-winning heroes was the way to go. Whether Gabriele Angella’s refusal to talk of the club he so passionately served is a warning sign. Whether Matej Vydra’s forlorn wave to the adoring travelling contingent at the Etihad was more than just a sign of appreciation. Whether a side-story exists to there being no official farewell to Daniel Tozser. Whether Fernando Forestieri’s tears were for a club who have gone one step too far in their ruthless pursuit of glory.

Time will tell whether the country’s fifth-highest net-spenders have discovered ground that no promoted team dare venture before. Whether the relentless search for new foreign gems was the fated route for a club which has hardly done it the conventional way. Whether brutality and heart-break is a soon-to-be-forgotten by-product of a regime which has the success of Watford Football Club at the heart of its every move.

The reconstruction of a squad which held a truly loving connection with its fan base, was always going to be hard to take. For many, to see Vydra and Troy Deeney attack Premier League defenders with the vigour they have shown in two of the last three years was the prize. To witness Almen Abdi sweeping forward on the counter-attack, Ikechi Anya galloping at twice the speed outside him, in the top tier was what we celebrated in Brighton back in April.

But ultimately, a change in division and a change in coaching staff bring yet more change.

Watford’s owners, the Pozzo family, haven’t got it wrong very often; Udinese qualified for Europe, Granada ended up in La Liga and little old Watford are in the Premier League.

Three years ago, a similar demolition of the playing squad produced famous consequences. Over three years, really not long for a club drowning in the Championship to turn up in the Premier League, they found the promotion-winning formula.

And we’d do well to remember the events of that summer.

Similar accusations of ripping the soul out of the squad, of ruining ‘everything’ good to do with the club, were thrown around. They hadn’t.

And it really is unlikely that the Pozzos have done so this time, either. Who’d have believed that Fernando Forestieri leaving Watford would bring a tear to your eye, when he became the 16th summer signing on 31st August 2012? Players move on and there’s every chance Victor Ibarbo will be our new hero by November.

Ultimately the owners are good at what they do. They targeted promotion within three years. Done it. Forgotten it. Moved on. What needs to be done to survive amongst the vultures?

A change in head coach, a change in playing style and, therefore, a change in feel… we were, after all, warned not to get too attached to players.

Who knows? If it all capitulates then perhaps we can turn around a point a finger. There’s no justification in doing so just yet, though. Time will tell.

And let’s remember, we wanted to be in this league. This is the reward. And we’ve been led there by an Italian family who, by and large, have known exactly what they are doing.

Nothing’s really gone wrong yet… surely they’ve earned our trust again?

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Deadline Day: Belgian forward has Watford medical

Club Brugge forward Obbi Oulare is set to join Watford on a season-long loan, according to Sky Sports.

The Hornets also have the option to make Oulare’s switch permanent; he’s valued at around €7 million.

The 19-year-old featured for Club Brugge in their Champions League qualifier against Manchester United last month, but has fallen out with head coach Michel Preud’homme.

Watford reportedly faced competition for his signature from Queens Park Rangers, West Ham United and Wolves.

Deadline Day: Doucoure, Ibarbo in, Angella, Vydra out?

Watford are expected to be one of the Premier League’s busiest side’s on deadline day – with at least two signings imminent -while a number of players are set to leave the club.

The Hornets are set to seal a £7 million move for Rennes midifielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who has been capped by France at Under-21 level, reportedly drew interest from Chelsea last summer and is set to undergo a medical before today’s transfer deadline.

Also due to undergo a medical today is AS Roma forward Victor Ibarbo.

The Colombia international has, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, agreed personal terms ahead of a medical this morning.

Gabrielle Angella, Matej Vydra and Essaid Belkalem are expected to follow Miguel Layun out of Vicarage Road today, while Juan Carlos Paredes is another name thought to be surplus to requirements.

Watford have accepted a £6 million offer from Sheffield Wednesday for Vydra, according to reports, leaving the Czech Republic international free to join up with former team-mates Fernando Forestieri, Daniel Pudil and Lewis McGugan.

Meanwhile, Gabriele Angella will complete a move to Queens Park Rangers, subject to a medical, as reported by West London Sport.

More to follow…

Deadline Day: Layun leaves Watford for Porto

Watford midfielder Miguel Layun has joined FC Porto on a season-long loan deal.

Porto also have the option to to by the 27-year-old for a fee of €6 million.

Layun, who can play on the left-hand side of defence or in the midfield, joined Watford from Granada in January and made a total of 17 appearances as the Hornets won promotion to the Premier League.

The Mexico international scored the Vicarage Road outfit’s opening goal of the Premier League season as they drew 2-2 at Everton.

Layun told Porto’s official website: “I feel great, happy to be here and to be part of this great team, that is used to fighting for the biggest goals, due to their greatness.

“I am eager to start training, to be at the same level as my teammates and to fight for a spot in the starting team.”

Watford open talks over £8 million Ligue 1 star

Watford have contacted Ligue 1 side Rennes over a possible £8 million move for Abdoulaye Doucoure, according to the Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who has been capped by France at Under-21 level, reportedly drew interest from Chelsea last summer.

The Hornets will need to offload players if they are to bring in any new signings from overseas, however, as Premier League clubs can name a maximum of 17 non-homegrown players in a 25-man squad.

Matej Vydra and Fernando Forestieri, who started Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup defeat to Preston North End, have been linked with moves away from Vicarage Road with several more likely to follow before the transfer window closes.

More to follow…