Watford forward Cucho Hernandez will be returning to Vicarage Road next season despite La Lgia side Getafe wanting to try and make another move for him this summer, according to AS, via Sport Witness.
Hernandez has spent the season out on loan in the Spanish top-flight with Getafe and he managed to register two goals and three assists in his 23 league appearances for the club. It is believed that the La Liga side have been satisfied with the forward’s efforts during his loan spell with the club and that they would be interested in extending his stay with them.
However, it is being reported that one of the conditions of Hernandez’s switch to Getafe last summer was that if the Hornets were to earn promotion to the Premier League then he would return to his parent club ahead of next term. Given the Hornets managed to go on and secure their immediate return to the top-flight it is now expected that he will be at Vicarage Road next term.
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It is also being reported that Getafe would be facing rival interest from fellow Spanish side Granada for Hernandez’s signature this summer. It is believed by COPE, via Sport Witness, that the Spanish club have placed the Watford forward on their list of potential targets to improve their attacking options during the summer transfer window.
This is a difficult one for Watford, Hernandez is a player that might be useful to them next season now that they have earned promotion back to the Premier League. The Hornets have yet to see him really in action for them having sent him out on a couple of loan spells now since he arrived at Vicarage Road. Xisco Munoz will get the chance in pre-season now to assess his qualities.
Hernandez has not been a prolific scorer in La Liga during his loan spell, so there would have to be serious doubts over whether he would be the right player to lead the line for the Hornets and keep them in the Premier League. However, he has impressed Getafe enough for them to consider making a permanent move for him this summer and also for Granada as well to express an interest.
That does suggest that there is a player in there somewhere if Watford can unlock that then he might be a boost to have in and around their squad next season in the top-flight. Personally, Hernandez’s form on his loan spells has never been truly convincing and it might be a major risk for them to keep hold of him and expect him to hit the ground running, cashing in on him might be the wiser move.