What does a Premier League club do to top the stellar campaign of the previous season? This must be the question troubling Javi Gracia’s Watford side. After an impressive 2018/19 campaign, everyone expects even more from the Hornets, and they have to rise to the occasion.
The team enjoyed a spectacular season registering their best-ever finish in the Premier League. Their 11th position was three places better off than last time around.
More impressively, the Hornets went all the way to Wembley, finishing as runners up in only their second FA Cup final in history. It was a campaign that saw strong teams shunted aside.
From Woking, Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers to Crystal Palace, they all had to give way. Then there was the incredible semi-finals comeback of all time against Wolves.
Gerard Deulofeu’s first goal against Wolves in the semi-final at Wembley also got most BBC votes for the best FA goal.
For a team promoted in 2015, this was an impressive feat despite the heavy defeat they suffered in the hands of Manchester City. The Hornets also ended the season with 50 points. This is their best tally in the Premier League era and nine points more than the previous season.
With so much success from the last season, it is no wonder fans are flocking the best blog for Watford F.C recent news. From speculation of players leaving and new arrivals, pre-season tour, the Hornets’ league fixtures to the last minute transfer deals, there’s a lot of hype around the club.
So what’s happening with the Hornets?
As the new season nears, there’s some excitement building up around the team. Take a look:
When Javi Gracia recently took the team for an overseas training camp, he might not have expected a winning boost. However, it came in the way of a win over a German club playing in Europe.
Bayern Leverkusen looked in control, but the Hornets surprised everyone by coming back into the game and won.
It was a morale booster, and the Spanish coach pointed out that the team was moving in the right directions. Fans couldn’t agree more.
Watford F.C. affirmed it was still in talks with Rennes to sign Ismailla Sarr. There’s however intense competition from Newcastle, but this is nothing to worry The Hornets. The ground has shifted, and the Magpies and Hornets can compete on level ground for the 21-year-old winger.
Any deal for Sarr would break Watford’s record transfer fee of £18m. The player will add quality to a team angling for bigger things.
After being struck down by a virus during the teams Austria’s tour, Troy Deeney has come back stronger, which is good news for the team.
The captain got 45 minutes against Bayern Leverkusen and fought valiantly against defenders Sven Bender and Aleks and Dragović.
The Hornets expressed their interest in Nice’s 22-year-old winger Allan Saint-Maximin. The impressive winger had also attracted interest from Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, and Everton. He played 34 times for Nice, scoring six goals and contributed three assists.
The highly-rated winger has opted to leave Nice after a frosty relationship with Patrick Vieira. However, there’s no final deal yet with Watford and Newcastle have also closed in on the winger.
Three weeks to the start of the new season, The Hornets’ fans continue hoping the club will spring the winger and boost its midfield. However, with continuing interest in Sarr, Gracia might no longer fight for Saint-Maximin.
Dodi Lukebakio, the Watford attacker on loan last season, was a revelation at Fortuna Düsseldorf. While Javi Gracia has not commented on the situation, clubs in Germany and France have started showing interest.
Lille and Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin have expressed interest in the 21-year-old attacker. The attacker had 14 goals and provided five assists in all competitions last season.
The Hornets could surely do with his services, but fans have to wait and see what Coach Gracia has in mind.
The new season is almost here, and for the Hornets, things can only get better. With one of the most resilient coaches, a focused team and probable addition of new talent, there’s only one way for the club – up.