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Watford are eying a move for Forest Green Rovers’ Kane Wilson this summer.
According to the Watford Observer, former Forest Green Rovers manager Rob Edwards is keen to reunite with the right-back.
Here we ask our FLW writers their verdict on if the 22-year old would be a good addition to the Hornets’ squad and if he could make the step up from League Two to the Championship…
Kiko Femenia and Jeremy Ngakia are both available as right-sided options and this is why they may need to offload one of these players if Rob Edwards is to make a move for his former player.
Looking at this potential deal in isolation though, it would be a great move considering he will probably arrive on a cheap agreement and considering he already knows Edwards’ methods and demands, Wilson could guide others as a real leader as the club adapts to its new manager.
This could make him a vital figure at Vicarage Road and considering the attacking threat he possesses, this deal would be a no-brainer with Emmanuel Dennis potentially on his way out this summer.
If Dennis was to leave, they will need to have goal scorers and assist kings across the pitch to compensate for that and Wilson may end up being both if he was to make the move.
At 22 as well, he will only get better.
With his contract expiring at Forest Green Rovers this summer, Wilson would definitely be a more risk-free signing this summer.
The pull of Rob Edwards could be a huge factor in the Hornets landing Wilson, with the 22-year-old seemingly having a lot of clubs to choose from.
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With Kiko Femenia’s contract running until the summer of 2024 at Vicarage Road, it is difficult to see Wilson starting immediately, but the Spaniard, 31, would be an excellent role model for Wilson at this stage of his career.
It was a pitiful attempt to stay up in the Premier League in 2021/22, and the more freshness that is integrated into the squad this summer the better.
Wilson would certainly help Edwards to put his stamp on the team and would be a smart signing in building for the future.
It is a big step up from League Two to the Championship, but given his performances at Forest Green, he may be worth a punt for Watford this summer.
However, this should only be the case if one of their current right-backs on the books at Vicarage Road leaves.
Kiko Femenia showed he is a valuable asset in the Championship last time the Hornets were in the division, and Jeremy Ngakia has shown enough ability to suggest he is a solid option at this level, too.
Rob Edwards could be the key here – if he feels Wilson is good enough to step up, Watford should back their coach and trust his instincts.