Marco Silva has been manager of Watford for just over two weeks and he has already been linked with several players from last season’s Hull City squad, including Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic.
The 23-year old has played for six clubs in the past five seasons and looks set for seven in six as he is nowhere near Jurgen Klopp’s first team plans.
When he arrived in England ahead of the 2014/15 season, Markovic was expected to become a key man after starring with domestic treble winners Benfica. The Serbian international didn’t impress Brendan Rogers in his debut English campaign and was promptly sent on loan to Turkish side Fenerbache, where he continued to struggle.
He spent the first half of last season with Sporting CP before joining Marco Silva’s Hull on loan in January. Markovic scored two league goals, once against Watford, as Hull’s valiant relegation battle came up short.
The Serbian missed the final two games of Hull’s campaign with an ankle injury but apparently did enough in his loan spell to impress Marco Silva. Liverpool are trying to recoup most of the £20million they paid for the winger in 2014, and the 23-year old could provide what Watford were lacking last season.
The Hornets’ similar players — Isaac Success, Nordin Amrabat and M’Baye Niang — scored only three goals in a combined 56 appearances as Watford finished just above the relegation zone. The on-loan Niang will not be returning to the squad, so there is a space for Markovic.
However, Watford also have several other options to consider that are already at the club. Mauro Zarate will return from a cruciate ligament injury, while Dutch international Steven Berghuis and Venezuelan Adalberto Penaranda have returned from loans.
Marco Silva is more familiar with Markovic, however, and the club certainly needs a kick in the rear after the last campaign.
The Hornets scored only 40 goals as they lacked consistency going forward last season. Markovic still has the skill to become a solid Premier League player and has a high work rate. While he was substituted in seven of his 12 premier league starts, all but one, when he was injured, came in the 75th minute or later.
The winger said in March that he has unfinished business in the Premier League and isn’t going to throw away his second chance very easily. A move to Watford makes a lot of sense for all parties involved, as Markovic isn’t going to play for Liverpool and Marco Silva needs to bring in a couple players he is familiar with.
Perhaps the Serbian is the right player to help make Watford Premier League mainstays.