Former Derby County midfielder Will Hughes departed Pride Park for the Premier League this summer to join Marco Silva’s Watford revolution, and the academy graduate finally made his long-awaited top flight debut in the Hornets dramatic 3-2 defeat to Everton.
The 22-year-old made a cameo appearance, coming on in the 94th minute in a last throw of the dice after Watford had conceded a late penalty, but the playmaker could do little as Everton saw out the game to claim three valuable points.
Hughes was a fan favourite at Pride Park, graduating from the club’s famed academy before being linked with a host of top flight clubs, before eventually moving to Hertfordshire to link up with Watford this summer.
Hughes took to Twitter to share a photo of his Premier League debut, and Derby fans were quick to respond, sending their best wishes and rueing the fact the player was no longer in the famous white strip…
Congrats on the debut but should be in a Rams shirt….dont look right ????
— Rob dcfc (@hrcforever) November 6, 2017
Huge congrats Will,been checking the teamsheet every week,so glad you’ve finally been given a chance!Massive good luck for the future ????⚽️ x
— Michele Lyons (@michele_lyons) November 6, 2017
Just promise you’ll do a Rooney and come back to us!! ???? The Rams, it’s in the blood! Well done fella! Well deserved.
— Phil Lowe (@PhilLowe555) November 6, 2017
Well done Will many more games for you no doubt #wishyouhaddoneitwithDerby????
— John Marks (@johnmarks1890) November 6, 2017
— Stefan Broo????e (@StefanBroome) November 6, 2017
Shame it wasn't with the Rams.
— Paul (@Williamsp57Paul) November 6, 2017
Well in Will ???? still got a lot of Derby fans watching out for you. #oneofourown
— Will Hadfield (@_WillHadfield_) November 6, 2017