Watford future of Steven Berghuis and Juan Carlos Paredes thrown into fresh doubt

Steven Berghuis’ short-term Watford career is in major doubt again after he was left out of the matchday 18 against Queens Park Rangers.

The Dutch winger is not injured and there were two goalkeepers on the bench so he was clearly left behind by Walter Mazzarri. He was described to us this week as “being in limbo” as Watford decide where best to send a player they clearly rate but who has now not fitted into formations under successive Watford managers. We have been told this evening his move to Feyenoord has been resurrected and he will join the Dutch side who have been chasing him all summer.


Despite scoring twice in pre-season, Berghuis has been made available as he is not going play as a wing-back under Mazzarri in a 3-5-2 and Watford have their eye on at least two players, one of which is Sofian Boufal, who are tailor-made for the attacking midfield spot. Berghuis did not fit into the system under Quique Sanchez Flores either. The outlook is looking even more ominous for Paredes who is certain to be moved on.

The departures of Berghuis, probably on loan, and Paredes will help Watford in their attempt to cut their foreign player quota. Watford are still in the hunt for as many as three players and they already have 21 foreign players, four more than you are permitted under Premier League rules.

Watford’s foreign players:
Heurelho Gomes, Allan Nyom, Miguel Britos, Valon Behrami, Matej Vydra, Steven Berghuis, Odion Ighalo, Sebastian Prodl, Jose Holebas, Etienne Capoue, Giedrius Arlauskis, Juan Carlos Paredes, Essaid Belkalem, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Mario Suarez, Costel Pantilimon, Nordin Amrabat, Adlene Guedioura, Juan Camilo Zuniga, Christian Kabasele, Brice Dja Djédjé
Total: 21