Watford have gone through several phases this season, yet they look more likely to return to whence they came from – the Championship. It has been a fight by the Hornets to remain in the Premier League. They, however, look like a side punching above their weight.
The season has been underwhelming for the Hornets, and the reality of their situation is beginning to unfold. With Newcastle and Norwich City beginning to look a decent side, Watford has found itself up a creek without a paddle.
They have managed just four wins and two draws. The underwhelming results have already claimed two casualties, with Xisco Munoz and Claudio Ranieri losing their jobs. Despite the changes at Vicarage Road, the signs don’t look good.
The new manager Roy Hodgson has his job cut out. He has to pilot Watford away from relegation. The quest to retain their Premier League status has seen Watford make a few signings. The latest is Samuel Kalu.
Kalu – an exciting proposition for Watford
The January transfer window has allowed Watford to reinforce ahead of the second half of the season. The Hornets have made some decent buys and remain hopeful they can avoid the drop.
The latest signing is Samuel Kalu, who joins from Bordeaux this season. It brings to four the number of players that arrived at Vicarage Road this January. The other players to join Watford are Full-back Hassane Kamara, central defender Samir and midfielder Edo Kayembe. Kalu is also the fifth Nigerian Watford signed this season. The Nigerian international will feel at home with Emmanuel Dennis, Oghenekaro Etebo, Dapo Mebude and Maduka Okoye.
Watford legend Tommy Mooney is excited at the arrival of Samuel Kalu. He believes Watford have done good business by bringing the Bordeaux star to Vicarage Road. Mooney has also likened Kalu to another Nigerian star, Emmanuel Dennis. According to Mooney, Samuel Kalu has a similar playing style to Dennis.
Like Dennis, like Kalu
When Tommy Mooney speaks, it is good to listen, and the Watford hero has expressed his excitement at the arrival of Kalu. The Watford hero thinks it is good business for the Hornets and has likened his playing style to Emmanuel Dennis.
Dennis' start to life at Watford has been brilliant, with the striker scoring eight goals and five assists in 19 appearances in the Premier League. The Nigerian striker, who missed the Africa Cup of Nations due to a loophole exploited by Watford, has been a revelation this season.
Mooney aired his views on this week’s episode of Inside The Hive. On the show, Mooney claimed to have watched some clips of Samuel Kalu at Bordeaux. He was impressed with what he saw. According to Mooney, Kalu prefers to play off the left and cut in on the right.
He said that Kalu is exciting to watch and possesses a style similar to Dennis and believes the former Bordeaux forward will relish the Premier League opportunity.
Kalu spent three-and-half seasons at Bordeaux before joining Watford.
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