Watford have confirmed their eighth signing of the transfer window, as Peter Etebo joins on a season-long loan from Stoke City, which should delight manager Xisco Munoz.
Watford confirmed on Friday afternoon, just before announcing Josh King, that the Nigeria international has joined from the Potters on loan for a season, with the Hornets holding the option to buy him permanently should he impress during his spell at Vicarage Road.
Munoz’s side have enjoyed a busy window thus far, with Imran Louza, Emmanuel Dennis, Mattie Pollock, Kwadwo Baah, Ashley Fletcher, Dapo Mebude and Danny Rose all joining on permanent deals, and Etebo now joins the ranks on loan ahead of Watford’s return to Premier League action.
The 25-year-old, who joined Stoke in a deal worth £6.35m in 2018 after his performances for Feirense and Nigeria, endured a difficult spell at the Bet365 Stadium, contributing just two goals and one assist in 51 appearances.
He spent the second half of the 2019/20 season on loan with Getafe, before joining Galatasaray for the entirety of the 2020/21 season, and it seems clear that he has no future at Stoke City, so this deal should hopefully benefit both parties.
Stoke boss at the time of his signing Gary Rowett was full of praise for what Etebo could offer, saying:
“Etebo is a very mobile, energetic midfielder and he’s a great age. He has played in the top divisions in Portugal and Spain and, of course, he’s heading into the World Cup with Nigeria which will be an amazing experience for him.”
Although he has no experience in the Premier League, Etebo should be able to challenge the likes of Will Hughes, Tom Cleverley and Nathaniel Chalobah for a starting spot in Munoz’s side next season.
Consequently, the Spanish manager will undoubtedly be delighted to add some more depth to his midfield ahead of the season’s kick-off next month.
It will certainly help to have a man of international pedigree in the squad and he shouldn’t need too long to adapt considering he’s already spent time in England.