Watford have been mightily impressive under the management of Javi Gracia, and the Spaniard was rewarded for his performances with a new contract until 2023.
But never mind his 40% win rate, the Vicarage Road hot seat has your name on it and Football FanCast are here to help make you a success with a Football Manager 2019 team guide.
There’s nothing too crazy to expect if you take charge of the Hornets, with the board happy to settle for a mid-table finish again, having finished the 2017-18 season in 14th place.
The Hornets would also like a run in both cup competitions, with the fifth round of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup fourth round both desirable.
There’s a large transfer pot on offer at Watford, despite the club being in debt, mostly thanks to Everton stealing Richarlison in the summer.
£37.1million is set-aside for any players you wish to bring in as the Brazilian’s replacement, and top talent can be lured with a wage allocation of £100,000.
Watford have a few stand-out centre-backs that can take must of the brunt the Premier League has to throw at the Vicarage Road outfit, but the backups are a different story.
Younes Kaboul, 32, Sebastian Prodl, 31, and Adrian Mariappa, 31, are the best the club has to offer, so why not look to bring in a wonderkid in the shape of Benfica product Ruben Dias.
The Portuguese defender has already represented his country at a senior level, yet comes in with a value of £10.5million and the potential to be world class.
With Heurelho Gomes 37-years-old and Ben Foster 35, it’s time for the Hornets to also focus on a young goalkeeper.
No one is better in that respect that AC Milan wonderkid Gianluigi Donnarumma, with the 19-year-old hotly tipped to be a future great and already a first-team regular at one of Italy’s biggest clubs.
The £19million-valued shot-stopper already holds 18 jumping reach, 17 reflexes and 15 one-on-ones.
The best, and realistically only, player Watford have to offer for creativity behind the strikers is Roberto Pereyra. Giving the Argentine the support of a number two will save the 27-year-old from burning out over the course of the season.
An ideal player to pick up, especially with the future in mind, is Valencia’s Lee Kangin.
The South Korean is a wonderkid on Football Manager 2019, with 14 technique, 14 passing and 14 vision, despite being just 17-years-old. Reports from Spain already suggest he is rated as a €80million player, but luckily his value in FM19 is just £145k.
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Adrian Mariappa is the first name to hit the transfer list at Watford, as the defender is the valued at £8.75million – the most of the three 2.5 star centre-backs that can understudy for Christian Kabasele and Craig Cathcart.
The Hornets are blessed with three solid right-back options that can all compete for the first-team spot.
Daryl Janmaat, however, can be sold as two options is enough and the £45,000-a-week star has the best residual value to tap into.
There are plenty of options for central or defensive midfielders at Watford, just unfortunately Tom Cleverley is a long-term absentee when you take charge, otherwise the former Manchester United star would be the one for sale.
Instead, the former Tottenham star Etienne Capoue should be transfer listed in order to free a further £40k from the wage budget and could add around £15.5million to the Hornet’s bank account.
If you love nurturing a teenage wonderkid into the next world-class forward, then look no further than Juan Hernandez.
The Colombian prodigy earned his first senior international appearance in 2018, netting twice, and can be the future star at Vicarage Road.
Venezuela international Adalberto Penaranda may yet to be handed his first appearance at Watford, but the 21-year-old striker can understudy for Troy Deeney under your management.
Despite his age, the 12-cap international has 16 dribbling, 14 finishing and 16 pace – work on his strength and the Watford number 17 can become a top goal-scorer.
Young Hornets striker Ryan Cassidy may never reach the same heights as his youth teammates, but the 17-year-old can become a great player at the club or at least an investment in your future transfer plans.