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It’s safe to say that Watford’s stay in the English top-flight hasn’t really been the most pleasant of experiences throughout the years. Of course, with that being said, it’s a bit easier to understand that they are not the biggest spenders out there but have still had a couple of lucrative deals going both ways.
Interestingly enough, their 2019/20 acquisition of Ismaila Sarr for a reported fee of £27m broke their previous transfer record, held by Andre Gray’s £18.3m switch from Burnley in the 2017/18 season. Even though they don’t seem to spend the big bucks, they were busy breaking their own records in 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2019/20, going four seasons back. Still, there have been some big names going out their exit door as well.
For instance, the sale of Richarlison to Everton for £35.2m in 2018/19 is still the biggest piece of business they have ever done and we all know how successful the young player ended up becoming at Goodison Park.
Other than him, the current Manchester United player Odion Ighalo was once a Watford player but was sold to CC Yatai in the Chinese Super League for £20.9m back in 2016/17 and is still their second-biggest sale to date.
They might be struggling to keep up with the rest of the top brass in the Premier League but that doesn’t mean the Hornets didn’t experience some really famous transfers over the years. And while the current record-holder, Sarr, has to be mentioned, the signing of Troy Deeney back in 2010/11 for £250,000 from Walsall ended up being a fantastic deal for Watford.
Of course, we shouldn’t forget Ighalo’s arrival back in 2014 as the current Man United player once boasted the record of Watford’s all-time leading Premier League goalscorer, before he moved to China a couple of years down the road.
We also shouldn’t forget Ben Foster, who’s currently at the club as well. The now 37-year-old goalie initially joined the Hornets back in 2005 as a Man United loanee but would return to the club, this time on a permanent transfer following stints at West Brom and Birmingham, in the summer of 2018.
If we go back in time just a little bit, the likes of Luther Blissett and John Barnes definitely deserve a shout. But those are the old glory days of the club and a memory of far more successful campaigns for the Hornets.