After previously turning out for the likes of Birmingham City, Queens Park Rangers and most recently West Ham United among the Premier League, 29-year-old Mauro Zarate returns to the English top-flight once again this January – this time with Walter Mazzarri’s ambitious and dogged Watford outfit.
Hornets fans have also witnessed the likes of Tom Cleverley and M’Baye Niang join their ranks over the course of the current January transfer window – but it is Mauro Zarate, a player who possesses the rare ability to find the back of the net in even the most unlikely of circumstances, that could genuinely serve to excite the Vicarage Road faithful between now and the end of the season.
Will the former Lazio and Inter Milan frontman impress at Watford after arriving from Fiorentina for a reported £1.6 million, or has Mauro Zarate’s chance to truly set the English top-flight alight already come and gone?
— MB (@WatfordFootbaII) 22 January 2017
Well, although the former Argentina U20 international certainly possesses a fair amount of potential in and around that all-important final third, this is one player who has suffered from a major lack of consistency at nearly every club he’s played at. Zarate was largely admired among the often demanding West Ham United faithful, but after failing to do the business on a consistent week-in-week-out basis, Slaven Bilic ultimately saw fit to cast the tricky South American aside when the opportunity arose.
Zarate is nonetheless capable of captivating football supporters in the most spectacular of fashion. He has what it takes to score well-taken goals from anywhere just outside the opposition’s penalty box. When it comes to possessing good close control, linking-up promisingly inside the final third, and simply exciting his respective fan-base with a whole range of impressive skills and flicks in tight situations – the former Serie A favourite remains a truly worthwhile asset for the Hornets.
He may not be able to turn on the goods every single time he steps out on the pitch, and the stocky Argentinean striker clearly works better when operating as an out-in-out frontman as opposed to a defence-minded winger – yet due to his South American routes and traditionally skilful approach with his eyes locked firmly on goal – the phrase ‘poor man’s Aguero’ arguably goes some way in defining Mauro Zarate’s overall effectiveness out on the pitch.
In truth, the 29-year-old attacker could theoretically spend most of his time at Watford stuck twiddling his thumbs upon the Vicarage Road subs-bench – but if all goes well between now and the end of the season for this technically gifted Argentinean goal-scorer – the Hornets really could end up with a real coup on their hands in the shape of Mauro Zarate.