Marco Silva’s summer of recruitment in his first transfer window as manager of Watford has continued onto deadline day as the arrival of Udinese goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis was confirmed.
After already bringing the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah, Richarlison, Andre Gray and Will Hughes to the club in the past few months, the Hornets have decided to strengthen their goalkeeping options.
Who is Orestis Karnezis?
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The experienced 32-year-old goalkeeper spent the first six years of his career at Greek club Panathinaikos, finally being awarded a regular first-team role in his fourth year there in 2011.
Two impressive seasons in his native Greece, where he was named Greek Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2011-2012 season, coincided with his debut international call-up for a friendly clash against Belgium.
Since then he hasn’t looked back in terms of the Greek national side, and after missing out on the 2012 European Championship squad he’s been their first-choice number one, making 42 appearances on the international stage over the past six years and making it into their 2014 World Cup squad.
Back on a domestic level – after an unsuccessful season at Spanish side Granada – he secured a switch to Serie A and to Udinese, and since then he hasn’t looked back with over 100 appearances in Italy.
What is the deal?
According to Watford’s official club website, Karnezis completed the required paperwork whilst undergoing international duties with Greece and he will join up with the Hornets on a season-long loan when back.
What will his role be at Vicarage Road?
Despite only being signed on a season-long loan, it is understood that Watford have brought the Udinese goalkeeper in to provide some healthy competition for Heurelho Gomes’ number one spot.
The 32-year-old still has remarkable reflexes in between the sticks considering he’s coming towards the end section of his career, and his speed at getting back on his feet after going down is still very good.
He’s also made a bit of a name for himself in Italy as being a leader from the back, not afraid to communicate with his back-line when needed, and given the chance he could keep Watford in-line.