Watford have bolstered their academy ranks with the signing of Nigerian defender Darrin Enahoro, according to AllNigeriaSoccer.
And the Hornets have beaten next season’s Premier League rivals Burnley and Championship outfit Coventry City to his signature after he trained with all three clubs.
Enahoro was born in 2004 and had been in Stoke City’s academy, but the Potters decided not to offer him a scholarship to join up with their under-18 squad for the next two years.
The defender had options though and he’s decided to link up with Watford ahead of the Clarets and the Sky Blues, and has penned the same scholarship deal that Stoke decided not to offer him.
Watford’s youth squad ply their trade in the Under-18 Professional Development League, finishing third out of nine teams in the southern section of the division that was won by Charlton Athletic.
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The Hornets had the second-best defence out of those nine teams last season but they’ll be hoping that Enahoro strengthens it more and develops to become a potential first-team defender in years to come.
Little is known about the teenager but he must have impressed the Hornets’ youth coaches enough to earn himself a two-year deal.
AllNigeriaSoccer describe him as a ball-playing centre-back and many young defenders are now capable of playing that way – it’s a trait that lots of managers and head coaches are now looking for when they are recruiting defenders for their teams.
Enahoro will be hoping to prove over the next couple of years that Stoke’s loss is Watford’s gain – the Potters’ academy might be classed as better as they play in the under-18’s Premier League but a move to Watford might be the best thing for him.