Earlier this month 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, also owned by the Pozzo family, after failing to have a regular impact at Vicarage Road under Javi Gracia this season.
The bullish frontman, who has occasionally shown glimpses of his ability, failed to show the consistency needed to be a regular for the Hornets.
However, yesterday he got off to a great start with his new club. The 29-year-old was handed his debut from the start against Parma in Serie A yesterday. Despite losing the game 2-1, it was a positive game for him individually as he found the back of the net after 50 minutes. He drove into the box with purpose before the ball bounced up into the air. Okaka leapt above the pack to head home his first goal. Unfortunately, former Arsenal star Gervinho spoiled the party with a winning goal.
It was Okaka’s first goal since the opening day of last season when he netted in a 3-3 draw against Liverpool.
Watford, meanwhile, could not find the back of the net in a 0-0 draw with Burnley yesterday.
No doubt the Hornets fanbase will wish Okaka the best in his current endeavour. Who knows? If he can find some form back in Italy, a future at Watford may still be in the offing.