Watford finally got back to winning ways at the weekend as Javi Gracia’s side beat Cardiff City 3-2 after only picking two points from their last five games.
After a solid start to the league, Watford’s form has dropped recently. Following their 2-1 win over Tottenham at the beginning of September, Watford only won two games up until their recent victory to Cardiff City.
The Hornets have failed to score many goals this season despite having Andre Gray, Troy Deeney and Isaac Success in the side. Indeed, Gracia also has Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra in the creative positions. Despite all that talent, Pereyra remains the side’s top scorer with five.
The Argentine remains one of the best players to be signed under the Pozzo era and is arguably the club’s best player. While the Argentine seems to be a clear and obvious talent, with the number of players moving between Watford and Pozzo’s other club’s Udinese and Malaga – before they sold it in 2016 – it’s easy for talent to be lost in the whirlwind of transfers.
One player who has spent time at both clubs but is yet to have progressed into Watford’s first-team is Venezuelan attacker Adalberto Penaranda.
Part of the Venezuela side that reached the final of the Under-20 World Cup, despite being just 21, Penaranda has had a journeyman career. He was signed by Watford in February 2016 but remained on loan at Granada for the season. While at the Spanish side, the youngster had his best season in professional football as he scored five goals in 23 games for the side in La Liga.
Despite being signed by Watford, he has had problems with gaining a visa to be able to play in the league and only received a work permit to play for the club last month – news that was coupled with him also signing a new deal.
The young forward is capable of playing across the front three positions and with Watford struggling to find a reliable goalscorer, Gracia could have the man he needs waiting in the wings.
It will certainly take time for the young forward to adapt to the league but what is for sure, is that he certainly has the talent and skill to play for the first-team.