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Pundit’s Choice: Gerard Deulofeu

Pundit’s Choice: Gerard Deulofeu

Watford supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their team get back to winning ways in the Premier League at the weekend.

Javi Gracia’s men went into their encounter with lowly Cardiff City having picked up just two points from their preceding six league matches, and thus in need of a response when Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds visited Vicarage Road on Saturday. And they responded admirably in edging past the South Wales outfit 3-2, with goals from Gerard Deulofeu, Jose Holebas, and Domingos Quina inspiring the Hornets to a seventh Premier League win of the campaign.

As such, there have been many thrilled Watford fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be interested in recent comments from BBC pundit Garth Crooks, who has challenged the supremely talented Deulofeu to become a ‘consistent performer’, as he’d be ‘sensational’ as a result.

And given just how much ability the former Barcelona and Everton star has going forward, and the glimpses he has shown during his time at Watford, Crooks is absolutely spot on to hope the Spaniard does indeed make that change.

Ultimately, there has never been any doubt about the 24-year-old’s ability ever since he burst onto the scene in English football with Everton back in 2013, making the move to Goodison Park permanent a few years later as he sought to make a career in the Premier League.

That didn’t quite happen though as Barcelona, where Deulofeu came up through the youth ranks, came calling in 2017, only to loan him out to Watford in the second half of last season, eventually making that move to Vicarage Road permanent in the most recent summer transfer window.

Thus, he hasn’t exactly enjoyed a settled spell at one club for some time now, although his efforts for Watford this season suggest he could be set for a prolonged stint in Gracia’s first team having scored twice and laid on two assists in ten appearances for the Hornets.

But as Crooks implies, Deulofeu too infrequently goes missing in matches to be relied upon – he may have been excellent against Warnock’s Cardiff on Saturday, netting an outstanding individual goal, but that was his first goal since his brilliant display against Huddersfield Town back in October.

Yes, there have been some decent performances in between, but Crooks’ point about his consistency can be exemplified right there – the fact he didn’t even start against Manchester City and Everton in recent weeks suggests that even Gracia was beginning to wonder when he was going to produce the goods again.

And that is why Crooks is right to challenge the 24-year-old to produce the goods more consistently – he has incredible talent and ability, and could prove to be a huge asset to Watford in the near future, but only if he can deliver slightly more regularly than he is.

When he does produce the goods, he is invariably the best player on the pitch, that’s how good he can be, but too often he doesn’t hit those heights – the time is now to deliver more consistently.

And that is why Crooks’ call for him to make that key change, adding greater consistency to his name, is absolutely spot on, as by suggesting that he make that change, he’d be ‘sensational’.

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

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