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 look like they’re planning ahead to the January transfer window following reported interest in Max Watters.
The Daily Mail have claimed that the Hornets are in competition with West Brom and a number of other clubs to sign the 21-year-old striker who is making quite a splash in League Two.
A tally of 12 goals in 14 appearances so far has certainly attracted interest, but would he be a good signing for the Championship promotion contenders?
The team at FLW have their say.
“Time would have to tell here.
“Crawley appear to have found a bit of a gem from non-league with him scoring a lot of goals already, but it’s still early.
“A move to Watford would obviously be a big opportunity for him but he needs to consider where he is going to be getting the most minutes and best chance for progression.
“Watford have some good attackers in their side already, of course, and I think it might just be a little early to make the call and sign him to be honest.
“See how he does for the rest of the season, at least.”
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“I could see this being a decent signing for the future.
“At the moment, you do feel as though the step up from League Two straight to a Championship promotion race might be a bit too big a step up for Watters to make, especially with the pressure it would bring for a young player.
“However, the likes of Troy Deeney are not going to be playing forever, so the Hornets do have to start thinking about replacements in the goalscoring department, and Watters’ record so far this season does show he has the potential and ability to find the net on a regular basis.
“As a result, it could make sense for Watford to bring him in now, before someone else beats them to it, and give him a bit of time to adapt to his surroundings, before gradually bringing him into the first-team picture as time goes on, then they can really see if he is able to live up to what are likely to be some rather larger expectations.”
“I’m not sure he’s exactly what they need at the moment to be honest.
“Watford have a plethora of talent going forward in the likes of Troy Deeney, João Pedro and Andre Gray, so first and foremost, you have to wonder whether regular game time would be guaranteed.
“Watters has made the step-up to EFL football seemingly with ease having already scored 12 goals for Crawley this season, but the jump to the Championship – and potentially the Premier League – might be too much for him.
“He’s got plenty of time to develop and improve at the age of 20, and in years to come, there’s plenty of time to make that move.
“Right now, he’d be best off staying, no matter how tempting a move to Vicarage Road may be.”