This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Watford are in talks with Chelsea over a move for Ike Ugbo, according to reports from The Athletic.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a wonderful season after scoring 16 goals in 32 appearances during a loan spell with Cercle Brugge.
With his future unlikely to be at Stamford Bridge the Hornets are discussing the prospect of bringing him to Vicarage Road for a fee of £5million after securing their promotion from the Championship.
But would the striker be a good signing for Watford?
The team at FLW have their say…
I think this would be a great signing to be honest.
Watford have been in tremendous attacking form this season, but you look at their squad and you feel that they do miss that prolific number nine.
Joao Pedro has been decent but hasn’t really scored a huge amount of goals, and Troy Deeney isn’t one for the long run.
Ugbo has 16 goals in 32 league games over in Belgium this season and looks to be a really powerful, quick striker capable of leading the line on his own.
I can’t see him being given a chance at Chelsea, and I think this summer would be the perfect chance for him to make a move to Watford.
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This would be an interesting signing for Watford to make this summer, with Ugbo a forward that has potential and he has just been starting to display that on a consistent basis during his loan spell with Cercle Brugge.
Ugbo has had to endure some underwhelming loan spells in England with the likes of Barnsley and MK Dons and that has perhaps seen him learn a lot and develop his game. However, whether he has improved enough to now be ready for the Premier League remains to be seen.
Watford are comfortable recruiting players from abroad and it has been a key part of their transfer model for a while now. Therefore, if their scouts believe that Ugbo can offer qualities that they perhaps do not have in their existing forward options then you could see it happening.
It is unlikely to be a signing that excites many supporters, but equally, it would not be one that sets them back too much by way of a transfer fee. Therefore it might well be worth a gamble and see if he can hit form in the top-flight.
He could be worth the punt for Watford.
Ugbo has been in impressive form for Belgian side Cercle Brugge, but I have my doubts at this stage as to whether he’d be good enough for a Premier League side.
Watford already have some proven options in attack, and I struggle to see where Ugbo would fit in their current starting XI.
With a fee in the region of £5million as well, I think there might be better options out there for Xisco Munoz’s side heading into the summer transfer window, as they look to add to their squad after winning promotion from the Championship this term.