Quique Flores’ plucky Watford outfit have certainly took to their new life in the English top-flight with relative success so far this season. After signing no less than 12 players this summer, no one could accuse the Hornets of failing to take their Premier League duties lightly in 2015/16.
If all the new faces at Vicarage Road somehow discover their balance rather swiftly throughout the upcoming campaign, Watford could certainly find themselves impressing many football fans who had previously written them off before the beginning of the season. As Flores’ new side are yet to taste defeat in the Premier League though, such an ambitious approach seems to be paying off for his team so far.
However, in the club’s latest attempt to source some further class at Vicarage Road this summer, Watford have successfully completed the loan signing of former West Ham favourite and Italy international, Alessandro Diamanti.
If the fiery creative midfielder is allowed to have his way this season, Quique Flores could truly be on the end of a great bit of business for his side and maybe even survive relegation this term with relative ease. So then, just what can Watford ultimately expect from the latest player to make his way to Vicarage Road this summer?
Well, if his brief second-half cameo appearance last time out against Southampton is to prove a sign of further things to come this season, Watford fans arguably have a great deal to be excited about in their club’s latest signing.
Against the Saints, Diamanti proved as daring as ever with the ball at his feet. The 32-year-old Italian – on loan from Chinese outfit, Guangzhou Evergrande – put himself forward for every set-piece won by his side, attempted a whole manner of creative assist-based plays for the rest of his teammates, and even tried to pull off the odd screamer to delight his new set of fans, admittedly with varying results however.
Yet it’s just that level of unpredictability that makes Diamanti so captivating to watch. The creative midfielder may have drifted somewhat under the radar after his latest stint in the Premier League with West Ham United, but as any Hammers fan in modern era will certainly attest to, the quick-footed Italian was certainly a player a vast majority of the Upton Park faithful didn’t want to see the back of in a hurry.
He may prove somewhat frustrating after one too many chances get unquestionably wasted throughout the match, the former Italian international might also upset a few fans who want to see the maximum defensive effort pouring out of their wingers with every passing game – but even in light of such potentially damaging shortcomings – Alessandro Diamanti is a player who most football fans would want to watch, regardless of their traditional allegiances.
The no.32 ultimately needs to play in the hole behind the strikers to be successful for his side. If Flores predominantly utilizes his new signing as a winger rather than an out-in-out attacker, the situation simply won’t play out as well as it could have for Alessandro Diamanti and Watford F.C.
When the former West Ham man truly finds his groove in his respective matches however, the outcome can be rather entertaining to say the least. Diamanti is a flair player first and foremost. He may ultimately go down as a bit of a luxury asset for Watford with all things considered, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t be of value when the relegation dog-fight inevitably comes looking for the Hornets this season.
If Quique Flores can get the best out of his enthralling new Italian, the Vicarage Road faithful could be about to witness some truly sublime assists, plays and goals all thanks to their club’s latest activity in the summer transfer market. Diamanti will already have a seeming ally in his former West Ham teammate, Valon Behrami, back in the Premier League this term – and if his team can win enough free-kicks in and around the opposition’s penalty area throughout the upcoming campaign – the club’s new no. 32 is bound to bang a couple in based on his previous set-piece prowess.
So then, although at 32-years-old Alessandro Diamanti doesn’t exactly represent the most profitable signing for the future at Vicarage Road any time soon, his presence within Quique Flores’ squad alone this season should be enough to put a few smiles upon the faces of Watford fans if things play out well for their side in 2015/16.