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Is Watford manager Marco Silva looking for a reunion with Benfica’s Andre Carrillo?

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If reports coming from The Sun are anything to go by on Wednesday morning, then Watford’s new manager Marco Silva is looking for a reunion with Peruvian winger Andre Carrillo ahead of the new campaign.

It is understood that the Hornets are on the verge of launching a loan bid for the 26-year-old, whom Silva previously managed during his time at Sporting Lisbon, as they look to build a competitive side.

Carrillo featured 20 times during Benfica’s title-winning season last year, scoring twice, but his distinct lack of action in the starting line-up (only starting three times) could leave him open to a switch.

Would the South American be a good fit for Watford?

Although Watford managed to avoid getting themselves into a relegation battle relatively comfortably last season, finishing six points adrift of trouble, there’s no doubt a change of personnel is needed.

Marco Silva has already done some astute business so far this summer by securing the signings of Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes amongst others, and the arrival of Carrillo can be just as good.

Despite spending a lot of his time on the substitute bench at Benfica last season his five-year stint spent at close rivals Sporting Lisbon shows that he has the calibre and the experience required to compete at a decent standard, making 162 appearances and scoring 16 times in an impressive side.

There is little doubt about where his main threat lies, carrying the blistering turn of pace that has become synonymous with South American players, and this could seriously hurt defences next year.

His trickery and his efficient play on either flank helps him glide past defenders with ease, and full-backs across the top-flight will have to keep their wits about them or face losing him in a flash.

An 85% passing accuracy from last season also shows that he has developed an unselfish nature throughout his time in Portugal.

Now able to pick out the right pass, rather than try too much in the final third and over-run the ball, he could be the man to perk up Watford’s attacking options.

Obviously a little known Peruvian moving to the Premier League is a massive, massive gamble by Silva as he’s yet to prove himself in any of Europe’s top leagues, but it could be one that pays off for the Hornets.

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Although Carrillo isn’t quite a household name that Watford fans will all know, Silva clearly saw something in him from his time at Sporting Lisbon that has made him want to go back to him now. Benfica clearly don’t see him as a starter for the new season, and it could turn out that a year in England makes him more all-rounded on his return, so this could be a loan that benefits both sides.
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