This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Watford are set to face a vital summer transfer window now as they start to gear up their preparations for life back in the Premier League.
Xisco Munoz had performed an excellent job at Vicarage Road and he has managed to guide them on a great run of form that has seen the Hornets secure automatic promotion with two games to play. However, he will be well aware that he will need to make the right signings and get off to a strong start to next term to keep his job.
Transfer speculation is already starting to build around Vicarage Road, the Hornets have now been linked with a potential move for Bristol City’s promising forward Saikou Janneh. Munoz’s side have joined Norwich City in the race to sign the 21-year-old this summer, according to The Sun.
The Hornets will be needing show that they can secure the right signings for next season, but it is also important that players like Janneh are identified for their long-term success. Beating Norwich to his signature could be a real boost for them and show they are heading in the right direction.
With Watford now in the race for the 21-year-old, we asked out FLW writers if they felt he would be the right sort of addition to add to their squad…
This could be an exciting move for the future.
Saikou Janneh may be a very raw player at Championship level but what he’s shown during his loan spell with Torquay United is pretty impressive.
16 goals in 28 appearances is a good record, and after making 3 appearances for Bristol City in recent weeks it seems that he’s making that step up.
There’s no doubt that Janneh would be one for the future for Watford but if they can tie up his future then it could certainly bode well for the years ahead.
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He’s a promising young forward player, but I do feel that he would be a signing that is likely to viewed as a future prospect by Watford.
There’s been glimpses of his talent during the various loan spells he’s had away from Ashton Gate, but I don’t think he’s ready to be a first-team regular yet.
His contract is up in the summer which could pave the way for a move on a free transfer and that’s surely something Watford are aware of.
He’d be a good addition for the Hornets but no one should expect him to pull up trees straight away.
Landing Janneh could be a fantastic bit of business and provide a long-term replacement up top.
Ismaila Sarr looks as though he won’t have too many years left at Vicarage Road, while Troy Deeney and Andre Gray aren’t getting any younger.
Janneh has the potential to be a top-class forward and has fired in goals at non-league level but with Watford returning to the Premier League, patience will be needed before he’s ready to contribute too much.
Luckily the Hornets can afford to allow him time to develop because they’ve got strong options right now.
The 21-year-old is one for the future.