Despite triumphantly claiming promotion to the Premier League in rather efficient style, very few admittedly gave Watford FC much chance of staying up this season. In reality, the determined Hornets almost seemed like dead certs for relegation before the 2015/16 campaign even begun…
Fast forward six months onwards from the summer however, and it becomes clear that the Vicarage Road faithful have indeed experienced a far improved start to life back among the English top-flight after all.
Watford may have sworn in over ten new players throughout the course of the summer transfer window, and incidentally taken the risk on the rather inexperienced figure of Quique Sanchez Flores in the dug-out this season, but the Hornets have nevertheless won a great deal of praise for their efforts so far in 2015/16.
So then, whilst fortunes may very well turn dramatically back around for Flores’ side in the not too distant future, have Watford FC really been given enough credit for their promising form this term?
Well, although the entire Hornets starting XI has seemingly done the business for their manager up until this particular point in the season, the goal-scoring form of both Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo has arguably been Flores’ greatest asset in 2015/16.
Whilst each striker proved somewhat successful in front of goal across last year’s Championship campaign, very few quite expected either player to maintain such impressive form among the highest tier of English football. With 19 goals already scored between both players this season, the immediate future certainly looks somewhat promising for Watford fans it has to be said.
Etienne Capoue seems to have rediscovered some strong form since joining up with the club, Heurelho Gomes has apparently put his previous errors among the English top-flight well and truly behind him in 2015/16 – and although the likes of Alessandro Diamanti, Victor Ibarbo and Steven Berghuis haven’t quite featured as much as some Watford fans may have been initially hoping for – the level of strength in depth currently available to Quique Sanchez Flores looks impressive to say the very least.
Another significant factor contributing to Watford’s success this term also arrives in the shape of the club’s resolute back-four. The Hornets have conceded just two goals less than Manchester United this year after all. Despite arriving with somewhat muted reputations at the start of the 2015/16 campaign, the likes of Nathan Ake, Allan Nyom and Miguel Britos have been a massive part of all the recent positivity down at Vicarage Road this season.
Yes, we are yet to truly see how Quique Sanchez Flores will react when push really comes to shove this term – and an unforeseen slide down the Premier League table could easily affect the Hornets with everything fairly taken into account of course – but for their successful exploits among the English top-flight so far this campaign – Watford FC certainly warrant a great deal of praise.
The bosses behind the scenes at Vicarage Road must nonetheless do everything within their power to hold onto their main assets this January – for without the likes of Odion Ighalo and several others on board in future seasons – Watford could admittedly slump back towards the Championship far sooner than their current form may very well imply.
Therefore, although Claudio Ranieri’s plucky Leicester City outfit will nonetheless take all the relevant headlines as the Premier League’s greatest over-achievers in 2015/16, it remains hard to envisage anything other than extended positivity for the Vicarage Road faithful this term.
If everything continues to go according to plan, the Hornets certainly look worthy of maintaining their position among the English top-flight come the final culmination of the current campaign.