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Watford: William Troost-Ekong has endured a difficult start

Watford have had a mixed start to life back in the Premier League but one man who has disappointed for Xisco Munoz’s side is William Troost-Ekong.

The Hornets were impressive in their opening fixture against Aston Villa, winning 3-2, but have since slumped to successive away defeats against Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur without scoring a goal.

This may well give Xisco some selection headaches for when his team returns to action following the international break, and Troost-Ekong could certainly be in danger of losing his starting spot.

As per WhoScored, the centre-back is currently rated as the 14th-best performer in Watford’s side so far this season, despite playing 90 minutes in all three of their Premier League fixtures.

His 6.24 average rating is the worst of any player to feature in all three games, which emphasises that he has been consistently mediocre, and it is a stark contrast to the 6.69 rating he averaged across 32 appearances in the Championship last season.

Despite being a centre-back, the Nigerian has not managed to win a single tackle in any of his Premier League appearances so far this season, whilst he also scores poorly in terms of blocks (0.3) per game.

For comparison, last season saw the 28-year-old average 0.9 tackles, 0.6 blocks and 0.7 interceptions per game in the Championship, despite him arguably having to do less defending because of how Watford were able to dominate most games, whereas in the Premier League he will surely need to do a lot more from that sense.

The £3.6m-rated defender has plenty of competition in his position, with Francisco Sierralta, Craig Cathcart and Christian Kabasele all rated higher than him so far this season, so unless Troost-Ekong can improve his performances, it would not be a surprise to see him dropped in the near future.

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