Watford are in another transition period after they appointed their seventh new manager in the last five years this past summer.
After Nigel Pearson was sacked not long before Watford’s time in the Premier League was up, the Hornets’ search for a new manager concluded with them snapping up Vladimir Ivic, who had led Maccabi Tel Aviv to two successive Israeli Premier League titles.
The Serb looks like a particularly tough man, and he’s set his Watford side up to be tough to beat, as after seven games they’ve only conceded two league goals.
But aside from a 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers last week, Watford haven’t managed to bag more than one goal in a league game.
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That would seem to suggest that we haven’t seen the best of this Watford team just yet, who still have some incredibly exciting players for the level of football that they’re playing at – most notably Ismaila Sarr.
So how should Ivic get the best out of his squad now some of his key players are coming back to full fitness?
Well to fit the likes of Will Hughes, Etienne Capoue and Troy Deeney into his plans, Ivic may have to shy away from 3-5-2 system that he has implemented at Vicarage Road.
It’s seemingly impossible to fit his best players into such a formation, and whilst it has so far produced exceptional results defensively, the squad is clearly capable of much more going forward.
And it may be time for Ivic to use some kind of 4-3-3 variant which would have the soon-to-return Troy Deeney at the top of the pitch as Watford’s talisman.
Ivic used a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 frequently when managing in Israel, and reverting to this kind of system will surely get the goals flowing again.
Along with the aforementioned trio set to come back into the fold, Watford also have Andre Gray returning from injury, a man who could easily start for any Championship side – in-fact, what other side at this level has the depth of options Watford has with Deeney, Gray and Glenn Murray up top?
With Sarr, Hughes and wonderkid Joao Pedro supporting them, and a host of names battling with Capoue for spots in central midfield, such as James Garner, Nathaniel Chalobah and Tom Cleverley, it’s going to be very exciting to see this Watford team in action when they are all fully-fit and when the shackles are let off.