Matej Vydra, Adlene Guedioura and Allan Nyom will be sweating over their spots in Watford’s Premier League squad following the arrivals of Younes Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra.
The arrival of the Frenchman and Argentine increase the number of foreign players on the club’s books to 20. A maximum of 17 can be registered with the Premier League in a 25-man squad, with any players who don’t make the cut loaned, sold or, like Essaid Belkalem last season, forced to hang around with only the prospect of under-21 football.
Giedrius Arlauskis and Juan Carlos Paredes are certain to miss the cut, leaving one out of Vydra, Guedioura and Nyom to be left out. And that’s before Watford add the foreign box-to-box midfielder they are keen to sign before the window closes. Nordin Amrabat’s future was under serious threat until he reinvented himself as a right wing-back.
Nyom signed a new four-year contract recently but Gabriele Angella signed a longer contract this time last season and was sent on loan to QPR shortly after. With Kaboul having signed, Watford now have five out and out centre-halves challenging for three spots plus Nyom, who was played on the right of the three until the final friendly of pre-season. He did, however, get the nod ahead of club record defensive signing Christian Kabasele as the reserve defender on the bench on Saturday.
Vydra seems at risk as he’s probably behind Isaac Success and Jerome Sinclair in the pecking order. We understand he would only be receptive to a permanent move away from Vicarage Road if he was told he was surplus to requirements this season. Guedioura was a surprise starter at Southampton but his spot will come under serious threat if Watford land their primary midfield transfer target.
Foreign players: Heurelho Gomes, Allan Nyom, Miguel Britos, Valon Behrami, Matej Vydra, Odion Ighalo, Sebastian Prodl, Jose Holebas, Etienne Capoue, Giedrius Arlauskis, Juan Carlos Paredes, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Costel Pantilimon, Nordin Amrabat, Adlene Guedioura, Juan Camilo Zuniga, Christian Kabasele, Brice Dja Djedje, Younes Kaboul, Roberto Pereyra