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3 players Watford should snap up to avoid a quick Premier League exit

by Paddy Power | August 24, 2015

If you’re a glass half full kinda person, Watford are three games undefeated upon their return to the top flight. If you’re a glass half empty, mix in a bit of bleach, ‘God, Lana Del Rey’s music is so uplifting’ kind of person, then it’s three games without a win against some potentially beatable opponents. The Hornets could do with getting that first win on the board, but a trip to Manchester City on the horizon, it’s not looking likely ahead of the international break.

Watford’s HR department has been only slightly less busy than One Direction’s PR team. The Virage Road outfit have already signed about 79 new players, but they are sorely lacking in three positions. They need a keeper, winger and a striker. Now before you bite ours head off because Troy Deeney scored so many last season… blah blah blah … prolific in the Championship … blah blah … lovely hair … Deeney has done nought in an attacking sense so far this season. He’s going to be massively important, but they need someone who doesn’t have the hopes of a club pinned on his back.

Here’s a few targets from the Championship who could definitely help Watford’s chances of staying up.

1. Jordan Rhodes:

How no Premier League club has signed Jordan Rhodes yet is a bigger mystery than Jason Derulo’s popularity. What does the lad have to do? 30, 25, 21 goals for his last three seasons is incredible shooting. Fair enough he’s never played in the Premier League before and Blackburn asking for £14+ million might be a little off-putting, but when you consider Villa payed £6 million for Rudy Gestede who has had one good season and he’s 26 year’s old!

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2. David Marshall:

Why David Marshall has not been snapped up by a top flight team I don’t know. He’s been there, proved how good he is and has that lovely, thick Scottish accent to scream at defenders. 10 clean sheets last season for a team who love to attack is good going. When your number one keeper is Heurelho Gomes you’ve got a big problem and not just that you live in Watford. Marshall could well be the man to keep Watford up. 

3. Michail Antonio: 

Ikechi Anya is a good winger and Jurado was a decent signing, but there is no cover if either get injured Watford could be in trouble. Antonio had a fantastic season last year and creates chances. 14 goals and 12 assists last season is some return for a guy who was playing for Sheffield Wednesday the season before.

The Hornets are 4/6 to avoid relegation.
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