Arriving as a 31-year-old who did not exactly pull up any trees during his time with AS Roma, Jose Holebas was perhaps not the most exciting of signings for Watford supporters when he was brought in by Quique Flores Sanchez back in 2015.
And after a pretty underwhelming debut season at Vicarage Road, it became apparent just why.
Fast forward to this campaign, though, and the Greek defender is now a fan favourite and a player Javi Gracia depends on heavily when it comes to the offensive phase.
From the left-back position, Holebas offers plenty when going forward. He has the strength to maraud past the opposition right-back before whipping in an accurate ball into the box, while his set pieces are also very dangerous.
To put things into perspective, this term, the ex-Greece international has managed to register six Premier League assists while scoring three goals himself along the way.
For a defender, that is a very good return and is exactly why the £2.25m (Transfermarkt) Watford paid Roma for his services now looks like absolute robbery.
Turning 35 in June, the Vicarage Road faithful may soon start to see Holebas decline somewhat, playing in such a physically demanding position.
His disciplinary record is also something that will concern some with the former Roma man having racked up the yellow cards this season.
Still, Holebas has been a good servant overall to Watford since their promotion to the Premier League. At just over £2m, the Hornets will struggle to find a better bargain in this current climate.
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