Watford continued their poor run of form in the Premier League as they succumbed to a third straight defeat in the division on Saturday.
The Hornets lost 2-0 at home to Wolves, with Francisco Sierralta scoring an own goal to hand Bruno Lage’s side the lead before Hee-Chan Hwang prodded home from close range to seal the three points for the away side after a goalmouth scramble.
Despite Sierralta scoring an own goal, the Watford central defender was not the most disappointing player on the pitch for Xisco Munoz. Instead, the player with the lowest SofaScore rating (6.2) in the side was winger Emmanuel Dennis.
The summer signing, who scored on the opening day against Villa, struggled to show off his quality as he was deployed out wide on the left with Josh King operating as the central striker. He was found wanting at both ends of the pitch as he let Xisco down with his dreadful display.
Defensively and in transition, Dennis was poor. Per SofaScore, he lost 60% of his duels on the pitch – losing 12 battles in total. He also lost possession of the ball 18 times from 43 touches – giving it away every 2.38 touches – whilst also being dribbled past four times in the game.
This shows that he was too sloppy with the ball at his feet and not switched on enough defensively to stop players from getting past him. The fact that he allowed four players to dribble past him suggests that he was not set in the correct defensive position to either force them to pass the ball or to fail to get the other side of him.
Offensively, he was almost non-existent. Per SofaScore, he created zero chances for his teammates whilst failing with both of his attempted crosses. He was also unable to work any worthwhile openings for himself as he registered one shot in the entire match, which was off target.
Therefore, he let Munoz down with his performance as he was a liability defensively and offensively out on the left wing. He was not able to offer any quality going forward and his lack of defensive nous meant that he was hurting Watford’s performance by being on the pitch, which is why the head coach will surely be fuming with his display.