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The eclectic mix of 39 scholars and U21 players on Watford’s books

The cosmopolitan nature of Watford’s first-team squad is reflected in the under-21 players and scholars on the club’s books.

In the 39 players, outside of the main 22-man squad, registered with the Premier League yesterday, there are two Colombians, three Nigerians, a Venezuelan, a Belgian, an Israeli, a Portuguese and at least one Brazilian. This eclectic mix mirrors the first team who fielded 11 different nationalities in the starting XI against Southampton on the opening day and another five on the bench.

The 39 scholars and under-21 players could, in theory, play for the first team this season, but, in reality, they will either play for the club’s under-18 side, the Under-23s or spend the season on loan at Granada, Udinese or another European outpost. Four of the 39 names (Kenedy, Obbi Oulare, Adalberto Penaranda, Isaac Success) need no introduction so we took a look at some of the more unfamiliar names:

UCHE AGBO

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He signed a five-year contract with Watford in this summer but will remain with Granada to continue his development and aid the work permit process. He’s been at Granada for the past two seasons, on loan from Udinese whom he signed for in October 2013. He’s an athletic midfielder who caught the eye of the Pozzos’ scouting network at the Under-20 World Championship in 2013.

JUAN BECERRA MAYA

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Details are sketchy on the Colombian teenager but he’s registered with the Hornets but ended up at Granada via Udinese.

JESUS CRUZ CABRERA

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According to the club website he’s “a former Brentford trainee who played in the 2016 under-16 Scandic Elite Tournament in Denmark for the Golden Boys. The skilful attacker gets his touch from playing futsal”. We’re not sure of his nationality but his name has a Brazilian ring to it. He set up two goals for Brentford in a Milk Cup win over Plymouth last year, with the Pilgrims highlighting how the Bees were “boosted by their imports from Spanish giants Barcelona”.

PERVIS ESTUPINAN

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The highly-rated 18-year-old, who can play as a left-back or winger, has reportedly been a target for a host of Premier League clubs. But Watford signed him on a long-term contract in the summer before parking him on loan at Granada.

MARIAN HUJA

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This teenager is a strapping lad and you are struck by his size when you see him around the training ground. He’s a first-year scholar from Portugal who will play for the under-18s this season.

HAVIV OHAYON
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The goalkeeper joined Watford on loan this week after a successful trial period in January. The teenager has played for Israel Under-19s, and Maccabi Tel Avia sportng director Jordi Cruyff said: “Haviv Ohayon is a promising young keeper and such an experience should be very important for his development.”

The full list of the 39 scholars and under-21 Watford players registered with the Premier League:

Jubril Adedeji (FW)
Ola Adeyemo (FW)
Uche Agbo (MF)
Charlie Bannister (GK)
Juan Becerra Maya
Jesus Cabrera Cruz (MF)
Ashley Charles (MF)

Ashley Charles

Andrew Eleftheriou (DF)
Bradley Empson (MF)
Pervis Estupinan (DF)
Michael Folivi (FW)
Harry Forster (DF)
Nathan Gartside (GK)

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Marian Huja (DF)
Alex Jakubiak (FW)
Treon Johnson (FW)
Anthony Jones (DF)
Jamie Lacy (GK)
Dennon Lewis (MF)
Brandon Mason (DF)

Brandon Mason

Kenedy (MF / FW)
Ogo Obi (FW)
Haviv Ohayon (GK)
Obbi Oulare (FW)
Rhyle Ovenden (MF)
Christie Pattisson
Adalberto Penaranda (FW

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Dion Pereira (MF)
Josh Roe (MF)
Louis Rogers
Charlie Rowan (DF)

Charlie Rowan

Max Ryan (MF)
David Sesay (DF)
Jerome Sinclair (FW)
Connor Stevens (DF)

Connor Stevens

Carl Stewart (MF)
Reece Stray (MF)
Isaac Success (FW)
Andrew Thomas (GK)

Andrew Thomas