Walter Mazzarri faces the onerous task of deciding which seven players to leave out each week, after his options were increased with the signing of Kenedy.
The Brazilian has been signed from Chelsea, as one of two domestic loan signings permitted, to provide competition for places down the left-hand side of the team.
Jose Holebas is the undisputed first choice but he is 32 and missed several games last season with minor knocks. Kenedy is more suited, however, to playing on the left of a front three in a 4-3-3.
By backing Mazzarri with 12 new players, Watford’s transfer committee have removed any potential excuse about the depth of the squad as a reason for failure but also, at the same time, given the Italian head coach the challenge of gelling together a new team on the hoof and telling seven players each week they will not be involved on a match day.
On the basis that Heurelho Gomes, Miguel Britos, Craig Cathcart, Jose Holebas, Etienne Capoue, Valon Behrami, Roberto Pereyra, Daryl Janmaat, Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo are nailed on starters and Costel Pantilimon, Isaac Success and Younes Kaboul are substitutes at the very least, seven of the following will not even get a shirt on a matchday:
Over to you, Walter