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Watford: Zinckernagel joins Nottingham Forest on loan

It was confirmed last week that Watford winger Philip Zinckernagel has joined Nottingham Forest on loan for the season, in a deal which may well disappoint Hornets fans.

What’s the word?

Forest announced on Saturday that the Dane had joined on a season-long loan and he made his debut the following day, coming on as a substitute in their 2-1 defeat against Coventry City.

Watford signed the 26-year-old on a free transfer in this year’s January transfer window after his superb performances with Bodo/Glimt, where he had managed a phenomenal 19 goals and 24 assists in 28 appearances in the 2020 Eliteserien season.

He would go on to make 20 appearances in the Championship for Xisco Munoz’s side, of which just nine were starts, but he would still contribute one goal and five assists in that time.

Should Watford have loaned out Zinckernagel?

No player would contribute more assists for the Hornets in the Championship last season, so fans were perhaps ready to see him earn more regular starts in the Premier League in the upcoming season, and will perhaps be frustrated that he has been sent out on loan without being given an opportunity to impress in the top-flight.

Zinckernagel, who is currently valued at £2.7m by Transfermarkt, has just one year left on his contract at Watford, which makes his loan switch even more confusing.

Should Zinckernagel have stayed at Watford?





Should he enjoy his time at Forest and impress there, then they will surely take up the opportunity to sign him on a free transfer at the end of next season, presuming that the Danish winger doesn’t commit to a new deal at Vicarage Road before then.

Given that the only winger Watford have signed so far this transfer window is 17-year-old Kwadwo Baah from Rochdale, it seems strange that Zinckernagel was allowed to leave, especially with the new season now just six days away.

Hornets fans will be hoping that a new winger is added to the squad before their opening game against Aston Villa, otherwise letting Zinckernagel leave on loan may prove to be a huge mistake.

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