O'Neill brings in duo on loan
Despite only joining the North London side days ago, Martin O'Neill
has already done some transfer business. Watford, being a championship side, don't have the greatest transfer budget. According to sky sources, The Hornets have a transfer budget of roughly 4 million.
Last season, Watford brought in a total of ten players on loan, including Matej Vydra
, who is currently on loan at West Brom. All the players were from their sister clubs, Udinese and Granada. Many criticized Watford's loan system last season, but former manager Giafranco Zola
defended his side on many occasions.
Under Football League rules, sides are only allowed to name five loan players in a matchday squad and can only take two players on a standard loan from any one club. In this case, you could say Watford broke the rules.
However, loan deals arranged with foreign teams are recognised as transfers, meaning there is no limit to the number of loanees from overseas. Therefore, Watford were not actually doing anything wrong.
Nineteen year old, Yaya Sanogo
and Twenty two year old Marc Albrighton
will spend the upcoming season at Watford on loan. O'Neill
will be pleased that he managed to bring the two players to Vicarage road, as he looks to strengthen his side that just fell short of promotion.
recently signed for Arsenal on a free transfer from AJ Auxerre who only just gained promotion to Ligue 1. The young Frenchman had a good time at the U20 world cup, helping France win the competition in Turkey. In fact, he was France's top goal-scorer with four goals to his name. Sanogo
has represented his nation at U16, U17 and U19 level. The player himself will be hoping to gain some first team experience at Watford.
is the more experienced player, having spent a total of years playing for Aston Villa and in England. In the two previous seasons, the young man made a total of 55 appearances, an impressive thing to do at such a young age. Many will be wondering why Albrighton
has been let out on loan. At this point in time he is down the pecking order at Villa. The loan will allow the player keep match fit and get further first team experience, something a player of his age long for.
Right now, it is not clear if Watford will still bring in a few more players in. Its unlikely for The Hornets to actually sign someone with cash, due to the inflated prices in the transfer market nowadays and their little transfer budget, but you never know, this is football, anything could happen.