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‘Unbelievable’ – Watford fans question Javi Gracia’s decision to play semi-fit Gerard Deulofeu before FA Cup final

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‘Unbelievable’ – Watford fans question Javi Gracia’s decision to play semi-fit Gerard Deulofeu before FA Cup final

Gerard Deulofeu was substituted on Sunday.

Despite being an injury concern, Javi Gracia decided to start Gerard Deulofeu in the final game of the Premier League season.

After a seventh-place finish slipped out of Watford’s grasp, the final game was a dead rubber. All the Hornets had to play for was a top-half finish.

And with an FA Cup final against Manchester City coming up next weekend, the game against West Ham had little significance in comparison.

But Gracia still chose to field a semi-fit Deulofeu. The Spaniard got on the scoresheet and caused the Hammers some problems but Watford ultimately lost 4-1.

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And Deulofeu had to come off in the second half with the visitors leading 2-1. Andre Gray replaced the 25-year-old with Gracia adding that this was precautionary.

Nonetheless, Watford fans were astounded by the decision to start Deulofeu. With the biggest game in recent memory coming up, surely Deulofeu needed to be wrapped in cotton wool.

Gracia risked Deulofeu against West Ham and it remains to be seen whether that selection decision backfired. Here are some tweets from Watford fans discussing Deulofeu’s inclusion.

 

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