Watford have been linked with a move for Genk striker Paul Onuachu recently, and the Nigeria international could be a superb addition to Xisco Munoz’s side.
According to The Athletic‘s Watford correspondent Adam Leventhal, the Hornets’ priority this summer is to sign a striker, and Onuachu is one of a number of forwards being considered by the club ahead of their return to Premier League action.
He suggests that the towering striker has been discussed as an option for the centre-forward role after his impressive performances for Genk last season, although interest from West Ham and Arsenal, as well as the Belgian club’s £20m valuation, could make a deal difficult for Watford this summer.
Onuachu was in sensational form for Genk last season as he contributed 33 goals and five assists in 38 appearances in the Belgian Pro League, for which he earned an incredible 7.61 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Considering Ismaila Sarr was Watford’s top scorer in the Championship last season with just 13 goals, it is clear that the Hornets need to add a prolific striker to their squad this summer if they are to avoid an immediate relegation back to the second tier, and Onuachu could certainly fit the bill.
He would also offer a serious aerial threat up front, as his four headers won per game last season for Genk is more than any Watford player averaged, which suggests that he is the sort of player Xisco Munoz would love to have in his squad next season.
His performances earned him the praise of former England international John Fashanu, who said: “I want to tell Onuachu well done and a big congratulation because he has proved to everybody that he is still number one and indeed a goal king.”
Although Onuachu is 27 years old and has never played at the highest level, he was a regular goalscorer at FC Midtjylland and exploded into form last season, and his goals could well prove to be the difference between top-flight survival and relegation for Watford next season.
Therefore, Watford sporting director Cristiano Giaretti should definitely try and bring the Nigerian to Vicarage Road this summer.
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