Watford have been linked with a move for Genk striker Paul Onuachu recently and if he were to join Xisco Munoz’s side this summer, it could lead to Andre Gray’s exit from Vicarage Road.
According to The Athletic, the Nigerian striker is on Watford’s shortlist for the summer as they look to strengthen their attack, although he would cost around £20m after a superb season with the Belgian side.
Former Wimbledon striker John Fashanu certainly rates Onuachu highly and suggested that the giant striker is currently the best attacking option in Nigeria’s international side, saying:
“His record states he is the best Nigerian striker for now. Something else might happen tomorrow, but for now, he is certainly the best.”
The 27-year-old would contribute 33 goals and five assists in 38 league appearances last season, averaging a superb 7.61 rating from WhoScored for his performances, so he definitely looks to have an eye for goal, and Watford will undoubtedly need a clinical striker in their side if they are to avoid immediate relegation back to the Championship.
Despite their promotion last season, Joao Pedro was the Hornets’ top scorer of their striking options with nine goals, whilst veteran Troy Deeney got seven and Gray hit just five.
Therefore, it seems clear that Munoz will need at least one more striker in his side next season, as it would be unwise to rely on a 19-year-old Pedro and a 33-year-old Deeney as their main options, and Onuachu could be the ideal man, as at six-foot-seven, he would undoubtedly be more than just a goalscorer for the Hornets.
If he were to arrive, then it would likely spell the end for Gray, who has struggled in the Premier League in the past with Watford and looks unlikely to be a regular again next season after just five goals in 30 Championship appearances in the last campaign.
Middlesbrough have been linked with a move for the 30-year-old and in order to fund a move for Onuachu, he could well be one to depart Vicarage Road, but if that means that Giaretta can sign the free-scoring Genk man, then it could definitely prove to be a worthwhile decision.