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One winner and one loser at Watford if they beat Leeds United to big summer transfer

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Watford could be in for a busy summer as they prepare for life back in the Premier League.

Given the current global and national situation, money may well be tighter than in most summers but it would still be a surprise not to see the club splash some cash.

One player they’ve been linked with a move for is Udinese playmaker Rodrigo de Paul, who is enjoying another impressive season in Serie A.

The 26-year-old has scored eight goals and added seven assists this term – attracting reported attention from a host of clubs across Europe, including Leeds United.

According to The Athletic, Watford are a potential destination due to the Pozzo family links.

But how would de Paul’s arrival impact the Hornets squad?

We’ve examined that by highlighting one winner and one loser if they beat Leeds to the deal…

Winner: Ismaila Sarr

Watford’s key attacking weapon would certainly benefit from having an attacking player of de Paul’s quality playing alongside him.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away but the Hornets are thought to be confident of keeping hold of him and the arrival of the Udinese playmaker would surely make remaining at Vicarage Road seem a more appealing option.

De Paul has created a remarkable 20 big chances this season (Sofascore), as well as adding eight goals and seven assists, and averages 2.4 key passes per game (Whoscored)1.1 more than any player in the current Watford squad.

While opposing defences are clearly going to be tougher next season, Sarr may well feel he’s got a chance to go near to or surpass his tally of 13 goals and 10 assists from this season with someone of the Argentine’s quality pulling the strings behind him.

On top of that, de Paul’s presence will likely mean opposition sides are forced to focus on more than just shutting down Sarr, which should mean he has more space to play in.

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Loser: Dan Gosling

Having signed from Bournemouth in January, Dan Gosling has quickly become a regular fixture in the Watford midfield but he could well be forced down the pecking order should de Paul join in the summer.

The Argentine playmaker is likely to slot into the Hornets midfield three and Gosling looks as though he could well be the player that makes way.

The 31-year-old’s opportunities will surely be reduced should the midfielder swap Udinese for Watford and while playing alongside him will be a bonus, losing his place in the side to de Paul would undoubtedly be a little frustrating.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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