Mid Season Review
It's been a good first half of the season. Despite our poor start we have found our feet and look like a team on the up with a change in tactics doing the job at the moment.
Quite a weak position with an average and ageing Gomis in goal and an unreliable back in Karnezis. An that needs improving in january or in the summer.
By far the biggest weakness in the team shown by us shipping 45 goals in 19 games. Playing 3 at the back hasn't helped but we have to be doing better. The first choices at the back are usually Britos, Kabaselle and Tonelli, however the problem with this is that Tonelli is in on loan and Britos is 32, in the last year of his contract and is out for 3-4 months with a hip injury. An area that needs to be fixed going forward.
The Midfield has been decent this season but against expectations the wide players have the key men with only Pereyra really shining in the middle of the park. We had quite an overload at CM at the start of the season so I had to offload a few players who weren't good enough for the premier league, selling them off for cut prices in order to get them off the wage bill.
Far and away the strongest part of the team the goals from the frontmen have kept us bove water, without them we'd be cut adrift at the bottom and I'd probably be out of a job. we were a bit goal shy intially but a change in tactics unlocked our goalscoring capabillities and enabled us to take on side above us without parking the bus.
A real life sucess for Watford since joining in the summer Richarlison has been just as impressive in game. The decision to play him as a Trequartista has paid off with him bagging 11 goals in 16 games leading to him winning young player of the month in November. If he develop to his potential then he could become a key player at watford for years to come.
The first of 2 summer signings to make on to this list Chumacero has been a revalation since joining from Bolivian team 'The Strongest' for £425,000. The right midfielder has put in solid performances week after week and is in his prime at 26 so has a lot to offer Watford.
Far and away the best CM in the team Pereyra has bossed the middle the middle of the park since returing from injury in October. He is someone I am desperate to hold on to but with Chelsea interested in him this could prove a challenge. Only time will tell if he'll be a Watford player come February.
Andre Gray is someone I didn't really have high hopes for coming into this season so his performance this season have really impressed me. 12 goals and 11 assists prove that he is a valuble player and a great forward in the front 3.
The 2nd of my summer acquisitions to make this list and the best performer this season Martinez has amazed me with his performences this season. Brought in from Racing Club for £8.500,000 as one for the future he was only supposed to be a backup striker however a injury at the start of the season meant that he got in the starting XI and he's rarely been absent since, scoring 18 so far and leading the goal charts, If he keeps up his good form then he could be a contender for young player and even Player of the year. Overall a great buy.
After starting out with 4 at the back I decided to switch to a 3-4-3 formation and it has worked a treat, enabling us to bang the goals in with 3 strikers despite being vulnerable at the back. If I can fix the defence and find a better goalkeeper then I think tha this will be the tactic to go with long-term.
Aims for the transfer Window
Keep hold of Pereyra
Sign some new centre backs
Bring in cover for Chumacero and Hazard
Buy a younger and improved Goalkeeper
Bring in a CM to do the dirty work