Walter Mazzarri has to trim his squad by at least six foreign players after the club confirmed this afternoon that Brice Dja Djedje became their fifth summer signing.
The Ivory Coast international has signed a four-year deal with the Hornets after Marseille accepted Watford’s bid of a reported £3m for the 25-year-old. The capture of Djedje, who will play right wing-back in Mazzarri’s 3-5-2 system, came on the recommendation of the Italian who tried to sign the player when he was in charge at Napoli.
“I feel with him I can continue to progress,” said the player in an interview with L’Equipe. “He wants to play his 3-5-2 team, this is a system that suits me well because we played in a slightly similar way with Marcelo [Bielsa].”
Mazzarri now faces the onerous task of picking the six players Gino Pozzo, Scott Duxbury and Luke Dowling need to sell or loan because their services will be redundant once the club name their 25-man squad on September 1. We understand Mazzarri is using the camp in Austria to make his mind up.
Watford now have 23 foreign players on their books and six of these will miss the cut as you are only allowed to name a maximum of 17 in a 25-man Premier League squad. And the number of foreign players will only increase with deals in the pipeline for a centre-half and an attacking midfielder.
Watford’s foreign players:
Heurelho Gomes, Allan Nyom, Miguel Britos, Valon Behrami, Matej Vydra, Steven Berghuis, Almen Abdi, Odion Ighalo, Sebastian Prodl, Jose Holebas, Etienne Capoue, Giedrius Arlauskis, Juan Carlos Paredes, Daniel Pudil, Essaid Belkalem, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Mario Suarez, Costel Pantilimon, Nordin Amrabat, Adlene Guedioura, Juan Camilo Zuniga, Christian Kabasele, Brice Dja Djédjé
*Note Isaac Success counts as an under-21 player. You can name an unlimited number of under-21 players in a Premier League squad.