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Joel Piroe from Swansea to Watford: Is it a good potential move? Would he start? What does he offer?

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Watford will be hoping to make a positive start to the 2022/23 campaign when they face Sheffield United in the Championship at Vicarage Road on August 1st.

Hornets head coach Rob Edwards will be keen to draft in some fresh faces ahead of the new term.

One of the individuals who has recently been linked with a move to Watford is Joel Piroe.

According to The Athletic, the Hornets have held initial discussions with Swansea City over the possibility of signing the 22-year-old.

Here, we take a look at whether this would be a good potential move by the club, assess Piroe’s chances of starting for Watford and share an insight on what he would offer in terms of his style of play…

Is it a good potential move?

If Watford are able to convince Swansea to part ways with Piroe, this could turn out to be a fantastic bit of business by the club.

The Hornets will send out a signal of intent to the rest of the Championship by securing the services of the forward as he excelled at this level last season.

In the 44 games that he played at this level last season, Piroe scored 21 goals and provided six assists for his Swansea team-mates.

By replicating these displays in a Watford shirt, he could go on to help the club achieve a great deal of success in the second-tier later this year.

Would he start?

Piroe may need to fend off competition from Vakoun Issouf Bayo for a place in Watford’s starting eleven as the Ivory Coast international is set to seal a switch to the club.

The forward’s chances of featuring regularly next season could be boosted if Emmanuel Dennis is signed by another club in the current transfer window.

Dennis was a shining light in what otherwise was a season to forget for Watford as he provided 16 direct goal contributions in the Premier League.

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What does he offer?

Piroe’s performances last season resulted in him being compared to former Swansea player Michu and ex-Netherlands international Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Confident whilst in possession of the ball, Piroe managed to complete 80.1% of the passes (as per WhoScored) that he attempted in the Championship.

Certainly not afraid of testing out opposition goalkeepers, Piroe had 2.4 shots per game at this level in the previous campaign as he averaged a respectable WhoScored match rating of 6.92.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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