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Profit Players: Nottingham Forest’s Ben Watson capture has paid off

This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.

Signing players in their 30s on a free transfer may not always prove overly inspiring, however, after Ben Watson’s performances in the Championship for Nottingham Forest, his 2018 capture looks very clever indeed.

Watson has started all 11 of the club’s Championship fixtures so far this season. His performances have been brilliant, as he’s made the third-most tackles, second-most interceptions and the second-most blocks of any Forest player this campaign (via WhoScored). Indeed, this shows his immense work in shielding the back four in his defensive midfield role.

As well as his defensive contributions, the former Wigan ace has also won the Reds six points so far this campaign, including scoring the winners in their 1-0 wins over Barnsley and Brentford. If Sabri Lamouchi’s side were to finish three or four points clear anywhere in the top six given their current form, Watson could be one of the reasons.

In fact, the Nottingham Post recently labelled him a ‘man transformed’ after a difficult first season at the City Ground, during which he made just 17 appearances in the second-tier.

Given Watson was signed on a free transfer from Watford, he has already proved to be invaluable, with the side sitting in second place in the Championship and in with a shout of automatic promotion.

Should Forest get promoted to the Premier League, Watson’s transfer value is sure to rise even further than his £450,000 set by Transfermarkt, given the £170m valuation of getting promoted to the top-flight.

Forest fans, what do you make of Watson’s impact at the club so far? Let us know your thoughts below!

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Profit Players: Nottingham Forest’s Ben Watson capture has paid off
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