Watford’s smart summer transfer business under new manager Marco Silva continued on Thursday evening as the Hornets’ official website announced the season-long loan of Benfica winger Andre Carrillo.
The 26-year-old will re-unite with the Portuguese boss after their time spent together at Sporting Lisbon in the past, playing 160 times for them before moving on to fierce rivals Benfica last season.
Carrillo – who has also represented Peru 35 times on the international scene – featured 24 times during last campaign as Benfica completed a resounding Primeira Liga and Taca de Portugal double.
There has been an option inserted into the Peruvian’s contract that, should he impress Silva and Watford’s club owners this year, they have first refusal on a permanent deal once the season ends.
It was the Hornets who took to social media to announce their new arrival…
— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) August 24, 2017
And some Watford fans were delighted with another attacking addition…
— WD18 (@WD18fans) August 24, 2017
— bigsoccerhead (@EricKrakauer) August 24, 2017
— The Hornets' Nest (@hornetsnestwfc) August 24, 2017
Great signing! Watford are finishing mid table https://t.co/Ri2suGs2p6
— Mitch (@MitcheIIProcter) August 24, 2017
With the concept of South American duo Carrillo and Richarlison a tantalising one…
?? Andre Carrillo – ?? Richarlison madness in the Premier League @LastCamisa10. Most fullbacks are on shook ?
— FRANCO (@franco_47nm) August 24, 2017
Richarlison Pereyra Carrillo
— MANGO (@Mangochutney__) August 24, 2017
Carrillo & Richarlison on the wings, Pereyra pulling the strings – S American flair & a new English core is an exciting mix!! #watfordfc
— James Barker (@desmond58) August 24, 2017
I don't care who's at the back. Imagine a #watfordfc front six of: Chalobah, Doucoure; Richarlison, Pereyra, Carrillo; Gray. I'd faint.
— David Anderson (@danderson_96) August 22, 2017
Benfica fans even got in on the act and applauded Watford’s work…
I am a Benfica supporter and can tell you that he is good, we just have too many really good players in his position. So we loan.
— Pedro (@tz5y0d) August 25, 2017
Even if others remained a little more sceptical about the Peruvian…
Carrillo had started 7 league games in 2 season and has never played in one of the 'top' leagues. Why is everyone so excited? #watfordfc
— #WatfordFC (@WFC_fan) August 25, 2017
But either way, they will no doubt be hoping he can rekindle his previous form under Silva…
— André Ferreira (@_andrecferreira) August 24, 2017
The last time Silva & Andre Carrillo worked together was In 2014/15.
Carrillo's season under Silva:
• 46 games
• 18 assists
• 7 goals. pic.twitter.com/Rd41pA5Hhl
— • (@BeIotti) August 24, 2017
What do you think Watford fans? Will he be a good addition? Let us know below.