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Pundit’s Choice: Ben Foster

Pundit’s Choice: Ben Foster

Watford supporters have been reasonably satisfied in recent times after seeing their side bounce back from defeat in midweek by picking up a point in the Premier League on Saturday. 

Javi Gracia’s men went into their encounter with Brighton at the AMEX Stadium off the back of a last-gasp 2-1 loss to Tottenham on Wednesday night, in turn suffering their first league defeat of 2019. And while the Hornets weren’t able to bounce back with a win on the South Coast on Saturday, they did the next best thing by earning a point from the encounter courtesy of a 0-0 draw, a result which moved them above Everton into eighth place in the table.

Thus, there have been many satisfied Watford fans up and down the country in recent times, plenty of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from BBC pundit Garth Crooks, who has heaped praise on goalkeeper Ben Foster for his efforts in thwarting Chris Hughton’s Seagulls at the weekend, stating ‘what a season’ he is having.

In fact, the former Tottenham front man went on to laud the 35-year-old as enjoying the ‘best form of his career’, and given just how vital he has been for the Hertfordshire-based outfit this term, it’s difficult to argue with Crooks’ assessment of the Englishman.

Ultimately, the shot-stopper made the move to Vicarage Road, where he enjoyed two separate loan spells between 2005 and 2007, back in the summer following West Brom’s relegation from the Premier League, thus bringing to an end his seven-year association with the Baggies.

And while the Midlanders finished bottom of the division last time round, Foster was one man who emerged from the season with some credit by maintaining his high-level displays for much of the campaign – the fact their goals against tally wasn’t the highest in the league was in some way down to the 35-year-old.

And the Englishman has picked up where he left off by shining for Watford between the sticks this time round, starting all 24 of their Premier League games this term, in which time he has shipped just 34 goals and kept five clean sheets, with Saturday’s shutout against Brighton perhaps the best of the lot.

And that’s because the former England international made four vital saves to thwart the Seagulls and thus preserve a point for the visitors, with Saturday’s clash the fifth game in succession in which Foster has earned an average above seven from WhoScored.com – that itself underlines his recent form.

As such, Crook’s exclamation that he is in the ‘best form of his career’ appears fully justified, as while Foster has enjoyed plenty of fine spells throughout his professional career, he is consistently producing the goods for Watford at present – in fact, he is almost certainly gaining them points in their quest to finish best of the rest this season.

Watford fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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