Watford manager Marco Silva has wasted little time in improving his squad at Vicarage Road since arriving earlier this summer, and reports from France claim that he has lined up another new addition.
According to Le 10 Sport, the Hornets have already made an approach for free agent – and former Lyon winger – Rachid Ghezzal after the Algerian’s contract at the Ligue 1 outfit was not renewed.
And it is understood that talks between Ghezzal’s representatives and Watford are currently underway, with it thought that the Premier League side have the funds to meet financial demands.
Is Rachid Ghezzal the right fit for Vicarage Road?
It is somewhat a surprise that Lyon didn’t award Ghezzal with a new deal, particularly considering that Alexandre Lacazette has already left the club, but their loss could now become Watford’s gain.
He played an impressive role in the French side’s Europa League adventure last season as they eventually lost out to Ajax in the semi-finals, scoring once in six appearances, whilst he was a regular feature of Lyon’s domestic campaign, making 15 league starts and adding two goals and two assists.
Generally most comfortable out wide on either flank, he flourishes more on the right-wing as it enables him to cut inside on to his favoured left-foot and – Arjen Robben-esque – find the corner.
But his natural pace to burn, clever eye for a pass and a good level of stamina leaves him a threat wherever he plays in the final third, and his versatility could really benefit a growing Watford side.
With the addition of Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes already bolstering the central midfield area, Ghezzal could really liven up Watford’s options in the final third and provide a cutting edge.
Although he is, as of yet, unproven on the big stage, he’s certainly worth taking a gamble on after Watford’s underwhelming season last year – and who knows, he could reinvent himself in London.