Steven Berghuis expects some clarity on his future over the course of the next week, with Feyenoord waiting in the wings to take him back to Holland.
Berghuis ended the season at a low ebb after being marginalised by Quique Sanchez Flores but his hopes were lifted after some star turns for Holland in their trio of summer international friendlies. He returned to pre-season training keen to revive his Watford career but it is unclear where Walter Mazzarri sees him fitting in either of his preferred formations, 3-5-2 or 4-3-3.
He is clearly not a wing-back and with Mario Suarez, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Valon Behrami, Ben Watson, Etienne Capoue and Adlene Guedioura vying for the three midfield spots, he doesn’t stand much chance of featuring in either of the midfield configurations. His best bet is as one of the three forwards in a 4-3-3, like he was deployed at Stevenage on Thursday, but we understand Mazzarri is a big fan of Isaac Success and is just waiting to get him up to speed before unleashing the record signing. Jerome Sinclair, who caught the eye in midweek, and Matej Vydra, who has been given a fresh start, are also vying for the attacking berths in a 4-3-3. Nordin Amrabat faces a similar battle.
Berghuis would represent a very handy attacking weapon off the bench but he is unlikely to be receptive to a bit-part role after such a disappointing first season that yielded only nine substitute appearances.
“Everyone is now back at the European Championships and this week it becomes clearer,” Berghuis told RTV Rijnmond in an interview translated by Google. “It’s just not yet known what Watford want me. But what I want for myself clear. If I can play in the Premier League, then that’s my preference, so honestly I am, but not at all costs. Feyenoord is a great club. I’m a football lover and I want to play.”
Watford already have to cut the number of foreign players on their books by five and that is before they add another centre-half and another wing-back.