Watford have had a fantastic start to the new Premier League season and currently sit in fourth place following wins against the likes of Burnley, Crystal Palace and tonight’s opponents in the Carabao Cup, Tottenham.
And at the heart of Watford’s early-season success has been Roberto Pereyra. The 27-year-old has netted on three occasions so far and his performances, overall, have been of the highest quality.
Watford’s midfield, as a whole, have performed well with Abdoulaye Doucoure, Etienne Capoue and Will Hughes all making significant contributions on the pitch in this opening part of the campaign.
But £9m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Pereyra has been on another level, and has the ability to really hurt Tottenham tonight if his manager Javi Gracia decides to play him.
Given how key Pereyra has become since arriving at Vicarage Road from Juventus back in the summer of 2016, Gracia may be tempted to rest the Argentina international.
But as he showed in Watford’s first encounter of the season with Tottenham which ended 2-1 to Gracia’s side, he can be so deadly playing in the half space on the left side of the pitch.
In that area, Pereyra has the ability to dribble past players before moving in more centrally to launch a shot towards goal or play a through ball into a team-mate.
It is that threat in attack Watford will need if they are to prevent Tottenham from getting their revenge at the Stadium MK tonight.
Furthermore, Gracia must unleash Pereyra if his side are to have a realistic chance of progressing to the fourth round of the League Cup.