Emmanuel Dennis is proving that he is worth a bigger stage, with chances of leaving Watford growing.
There is a general belief that Watford would not pass up the opportunity to sell the Nigerian forward for the right price.
For small clubs, the aim is usually survival. They want to survive financially and win the odd trophy or place as high up on the table as possible. It is usually a heinous job keeping talent at such clubs with the heavyweights snooping around, looking to poach their best players.
Very few big clubs go through the business of developing players because it’s either you perform or get shipped out. With the funds to try their luck on the next talent, the lifespan of an underperforming player at a big club is often short.
Watford seem to have struck gold. The Hornets signed Nigerian international Emmanuel Dennis from top Belgian side Club Brugge. The €4 million signing is proving to be worth every penny and more and is only a matter of time before he attracts the attention of the big clubs. Dennis has posted incredible performances this season, raising the question of whether Watford will be able to keep him for long.
Living on borrowed time
Watford fans should enjoy the qualities and services of Emmanuel Dennis while it lasts. According to English football pundit Matt Barlow, Emmanuel Dennis will soon be a tale of the past for the Hornets if he continues to post the kind of performances he is on at the moment. Barlow believes that Watford would cash in on the Kwara Football Academy product.
The former Club Brugge player has adapted to English Premier League seamlessly. Dennis has a goal involvement that only Mohamed Salah has managed to better. The Egyptian forward has 21 goal involvements, while Emmanuel Dennis has 11 (six goals, five assists).
How long the Nigerian striker stays at Watford is dependent on a few factors. The main factor comes down to the numbers. For the appropriate fee, the Pozzo family would sanction the sale of the player. Should the team be relegated, the club may sell the player.
Dennis needs a bigger stage
Perhaps Emmanuel Dennis needs a bigger stage to showcase his skills. The Nigerian forward is undoubtedly one of Watford’s best players this season. Dennis has put himself in the shop window, and it is a matter of time before the big Premier League clubs come calling.
Speaking to et Nieuwsblad via Voetbal Primeur, Barlow said that Watford is not the kind of club that will go all out to keep the forward at the club. Will Watford resist the temptation of selling Dennis? It is unlikely if a convincing bid arrives.
Dennis has put up excellent performances every game this season. It suggests his quality needs a bigger stage. Barlow believes that Dennis would soon leave the Hornets and that Watford would not pass up the opportunity to do some business by selling him.
Since the arrival of Claudio Ranieri, Dennis has been playing as a half striker and half winger, a role in which he has thrived.
This article was most recently revised and updated 7 months ago