Almen Abdi and Joel Ekstrand regularly car pooled from their north London homes to training. Sebastian Prodl and Adlene Guedioura often jumped in, too. Yet judging by the reaction on Twitter this afternoon, to the news Ekstrand will leave Vicarage Road after four years at Watford, they aren’t the only ones sad to see the 27-year-old defender leave the club.
We always had plenty of time for Ekstrand as he, along with Lloyd Doyley and Manuel Alumnia, were the only ones to turn up for the playoff final defeat to Crystal Palace.
One fan mischievously reckons he’ll end up at Hillsborough or Loftus Road, two venues for Watford outcasts of late.
We’ve heard Reading is a possible destination for the former Udinese man.
The account @PicsWatford is a reliable source of Watford information – and they back up our story that Ekstrand was offered a new performance-related contract but didn’t sign it, opting instead to leave on a free.
Ekstrand’s departure was announced as part of a wave of departures that includes George Byers, Bernard Mensah, Alfie Young, Luke Simpson, Uche Ikpeazu, Jorell Johnson, Mahlondo Martin and Josh Doherty.
Some, by the sounds of it, are already looking forward to Ekstrand’s replacement being signed. Juan Jesus and Neven Subotic are the two names being mentioned.
Yet the overwhelming is one of sadness that a man who played 100 games for the Hornets is moving on to new pastures.