Barcelona winger completes move to Premier League

Watford announce the permanent signing of Gerard Deulofeu. It is a real sign of intent from the Yellow Army.

Gerard Deulofeu has a new, five-year deal according to BBC. Watford completed the £11.5m transfer over the weekend. However, they chose Monday for the announcement.

Sadly they ignored a magnificently infantile way to do so on Twitter. I was hoping for Deulofeu emerging from an Elton John piano! In all seriousness, it was vitally important to clinch the 24-year-old’s signature at Vicarage Road.

Everton recently appointed former Hornets’ boss Marco Silva. He will surely try to prise away a similar star he developed, Richarlison. Making it imperative for Deulofeu as a permanent fixture. A tough summer made easier after a World Cup snub.

Javi Gracia took over at Watford in January, which came after relieving Marko Silva of duty. This followed what Watford described as Everton’s ‘unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival’.

Silva joined the Toffees as manager at the end of the season, seemingly validating the Golden Boys’ claim. Incidentally, Deulofeu formerly played at Goodison Park; scoring eight goals in two spells.

Overseeing Deulofeu’s loan transfer since arriving, Javi Gracia saw his new winger immediately impact Watford. Seven days from signing, he scored in an astounding 4-1 win against Chelsea. Citing by the Daily Mail compared him to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Interestingly, as his loan ended, I noticed the Spaniard’s season ending tweet. It is although he says ‘adiós’ to the Watford support.

Probably it is lost in translation or my overanalysing. Yet, wishing someone ‘all the best’, is a departing pleasantry in England. Was he hoping for a more high-profile move?

A paramount signing

Culture and finesse are part of the 24-year-old’s repertoire. Seeming maturer than his age, adding strong influencing decisions in dangerous areas during games.

Influentially, he learned the trade from nine-years-old with Barcelona. Honing skill with Lionel Messi, along with Neymar, is a tremendous apprenticeship.

A world-class winger, Deulofeu is able to defy defenses with ease. Using skill, finishing or a pinpoint cross.

Watford capturing him is fundamental to their Premier League progress. Possibly even survival. Great praise for style consequently came for players: Abdoulaye Doucouré, Roberto Pereyra, Will Hughes and Marvin Zeegelaar being particularly impressive.

Players of his caliber can encourage or impress other prospective talents; influencing them to join. Therefore, I foresee a surprise League Cup win or FA Cup run this campaign?

Where will the Hornets finish in the league next season? I am going for eighth place.