Almen Abdi made a goalscoring start to life as a Sheffield Wednesday player this afternoon, giving Owls’ fans a glimpse of the talent that Watford supporters grew to cherish during his time at Vicarage Road.
Abdi, who completed a £4m move to Hillsborough this week, came on as half-time substitute for Wednesday in their final pre-season friendly against Port Vale and wasted no time in making his mark.
Another former Hornet, Fernando Forestieri, got the second goal.
Two of Abdi’s former Watford teammates feel his departure is just a by-product of modern day football.
Abdi was crucial to Watford’s promotion bid and made 38 Premier League appearances but he has been forced to move on as he seeks regular football in his favoured position amid the regular upgrading of the Watford squad. He immediately settled in at Wednesday, going out for dinner with Forestieri and Daniel Pudil the night after his transfer was announced.
“As a friend, it’s sad to to see him leave,” Craig Cathcart told us, “but that’s what football is like. It’s why there is a big turnaround in football each year. You very rarely play together with the same group of players for two or three years. Almen is a good character and is good to have around.”
Ben Watson echoed Cathcart’s sentiments, believing Watford will miss the character as well as the player.
“Since I’ve come in, he’s been fantastic on and off the pitch,” said Watson. “It’s football, people move on and others come in. We’ve got to get over the fact he’s gone and get on with the season. I wish him all the best. He was a fantastic player for the club but he’s gone. He’s moved on and we’ve got to move on.”