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As Watford toil, Stefano Okaka is Udinese relegation survival hero


As Watford toil, Stefano Okaka is Udinese relegation survival hero

The Italian scored twice as Udinese edged closer to Serie A survival.

Yesterday’s FA Cup final certainly did not go to plan from a Watford perspective. The Hornets came across Manchester City on one of their ruthless days and the results were devastating. A 6-0 loss, the biggest in an FA Cup final since 1903.

Watford can still be proud of making the cup final. However, it was certainly not a day to remember for the 90 minutes on the pitch.

However, whilst most Watford players were chasing Pep Guardiola’s men around Wembley, a Hornets outcast was having another great day at the office.

In January, Watford allowed powerful striker Stefano Okaka to join Italian side Udinese on loan until the end of the season. The Italian headed to the Serie A club, owned by Watford powers-at-be the Pozzo family, after failing to have a regular impact at Vicarage Road under Javi Gracia this season.

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After scoring on his debut Okaka reverted to his inconsistent self.


But yesterday he scored twice as Udinese defeated SPAL 3-2. It followed up his impressive performance a week ago, where he also scored a double in a 3-1 triumph against Frosinone. Those four goals in two games take his overall goal tally at his loan club to six in 16.

His heroics have seemingly guided Udinese away from relegation trouble, making him a hero at his new club.

This summer, Watford look likely to part ways with Okaka and a move to Udinese would certainly be the easiest route. Watford fans will no doubt wish him well in the future, regardless of his next location.

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