England U21 and new Watford signing Will Hughes has finally, after perhaps even years of speculation, been given the opportunity to play at the top level of English football.
Hughes signed for the Hornets from Championship side Derby County and at the age of just 22, he already boasts an experienced footballing career.
The creative midfielder has made over 200 appearances for Derby County and judging by the majority of the Derby supporter’s reaction to the deal, he will be greatly missed at the iPro Stadium.
The deal was the first transfer that new Watford manager Marco Silva made since being appointed manager in May, replacing predecessor and the majorly unpopular Walter Mazzari at Vicarage Road.
Hughes departed Derby for a fee of only £8 million. He’s a dependable, attacking midfielder, with bags of potential. That is a bargain in my eyes! Particularly when you look at some of the inflated prices footballers are going for these days.
At times last season, perhaps Watford lacked some creative flair in the midfield, and that is exactly what Hughes promises to bring to the Hertfordshire club.
Moreover, the fact that the Surrey-born player signed a five-year contract with The ‘Orns also builds hope that he will be given a chance to play regular first-team football, with the length of the contract suggesting that he is part of Silva’s long-term plans.
Hughes joins a list of Watford midfielders including former England International Tom Cleverly and England U21 team-mate Nathaniel Chalobah who also played a part in England’s recent U21 Championships. The two being able to link up together on a regular basis for Watford certainly wets the appetite in anticipation for what their partnership could bring to Silva’s team.
I am very confident that Hughes will have no trouble in settling into Premier League football and will take this opportunity that has been handed to him, fairly overdue too I might add.
It will be extremely interesting, to hopefully see his career further flourish now.
In other transfer news for The Hornets, it has been widely reported they have very recently signed Burnley striker Andre Gray for a fee of £18.5 million.
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