Despite losing to Manchester United last weekend, Watford’s impressive start to a first full Premier League campaign under the stewardship of Javi Gracia has largely been impeccable. Prior to the defeat at the hands of the Red Devils, the Hornets had made a perfect start and look a really interesting outfit.
Indeed, while their recruitment policy may confuse an awful lot of people, the footballing project up in Hertfordshire still looks to be going strong and, what’s perhaps more impressive, is the fact they’ve been doing all this without the excellent Nathaniel Chalobah.
The midfielder, who’s horrendous knee injury probably cost him a place in the England World Cup squad, is slowly returning from his lengthy lay-off and teammate Troy Deeney (speaking to Monday Night Football via Football.London) even predicted he could become a ‘£50m’ player.
With that in mind, Liverpool seriously should take note.
Chalobah, who left Chelsea after winning the Premier League title to further his career, could be an excellent long-term replacement for James Milner. Now, the aforementioned Anfield star is showing no signs of slowing down, though there will come a time where the 32-year-old doesn’t feature all too regularly under Jurgen Klopp, considering the physical demands of his system.
Perhaps Chalobah could be a welcome replacement, in the years to come.
Described by Deeney as an ‘unbelievable footballer’, the 23-year-old’s attributes would ideally fit a Klopp midfield. He’s physical and determined, though retains the kind of ball-playing ability you’d expect from someone at Chelsea’s academy, so could easily step in after another season or two getting back up to speed with Watford.
The Hornets proved that they can be tempted to sell with the mega money Richarlison deal and it’s hard to imagine Chalobah being any different, with all due respect to Watford fans.
Mo Salah is a man Liverpool are currently enjoying the benefits of after Chelsea let him go. Chalobah should be next.