Name: Adalberto Penaranda
Date of Birth: 31 May 1997
Position: Centre-forward, Winger (Left/Right)
Adalberto Penaranda – his career so far
Adalberto Penaranda’s road towards Watford’s senior team has been full of ups and downs and even though he is currently a part of the squad, it still remains to be seen what the future has in store for the 22-year-old centre-forward from Venezuela.
He returned to England during the January transfer window as his latest loan deal at KAS Eupen in Belgium came to a close but then football was put on hold and his potential progress halted as well.
And sadly enough, the various spells at multiple different clubs didn’t bring much to Penaranda who’s been all over Europe with limited game time and influence in most of the clubs he’s visited so far. He graduated and made his debut at Deportivo La Guaira in the Venezuelan Primera Division before being scooped up by an Italian side Udinese when he was still a very young footballer.
But the Italian outfit would quickly send him on a loan to Granada, where he would, interestingly enough, play some of the best football of his young career, featuring in a total of 27 games, scoring five goals and assisting further five in the process as well.
Upon his return, Penaranda was then rather quickly signed by Watford in 2016. But the English side returned the young Venezuelan striker to Granada where he would develop and tally further minutes, totalling in the aforementioned 27 games. In a rather weird set of circumstances, the now 22-year-old would return to Udinese for one last loan spell, finally tallying some game time for the Italians.
But after only seven games for Udinese, he was returned back to England and then be sent out on another loan, this time to Malaga where he would play 16 games but with no goals or assists under his name.
The final loan spell before the return in 2020 was with KAS Eupen but he would only tally six games before reuniting with the Hornets last January. The road was quite rocky, to say the least, but that doesn’t really take anything away from the potential still hidden beneath the rough exterior.
There were some interesting developments in Penaranda’s career as the player himself recently explained why the loan spell in Belgium went horribly wrong. Even though he started off strong, a fallout with the manager in regards to the two of them not seeing eye to eye when it came to some training sessions meant the youngster was discarded and eventually returned to the Hornets.
Still, no transfer news or transfer rumours are suggesting Penaranda might be in for another loan spell, meaning that he indeed might stay this time and try and prove himself in the Premier League.
Of course, the 22-year-old’s contract is still valid until 2023 and with the work permit sorted, which seemed to be a big problem in the past, we might finally see him compete for his parent club. And that’s some great Watford news for the supporters.
Penaranda is a well-developed player for a 22-year-old striker. The young returnee prefers to be deployed as a centre-forward but can also slot out wide and threaten the opposition from either of the flanks if necessary.
Some of his best attributes include great physical and technical attributes as the young Venezuelan is really fast on his feet and has great control of the ball. He is really dangerous when left isolated with his marker as he can then use his dribbling and flair to beat his man and exploit the space.
And with enough strength, great work rate and off the ball movement, Penaranda is sure to make his presence known across the final third. He doesn’t offer as much defensively, however, which is mostly due to his limited stamina and positioning that still leaves wanting.
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