Watford have had a Premier League campaign to forget so far this season, and it doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of improving any time in the near future.
Already the Hornets look a sure bet for relegation come season’s close, and it could well be a very long season ahead for supporters of the club.
The Premier League is a ruthless, unforgiving league and Watford simply haven’t started in a manner which looks like they will be able to hold their own and compete well enough this year.
Having already been the first to have their hands forced in sacking manager Javi Gracia, familiar face Quique Sanchez Flores came into the club but rather than the fabled ‘new manager’ revival oversaw his side’s capitulation and dismantlement at the hands of Manchester City 8-0. The Hornets were guilty of struggling with the simplest of footballing elements in that match, and although they have improved since from that horror show in Manchester, they still seem well off the necessary pace of the Premier League.
That puts the club in the unwanted position of looking likely to be playing Championship football next season, and on the current face of it there seems little more the club can do to right the ship at the moment.
They are limited with their current playing squad until at least January, but even then inflated mid-season prices will limit the amount of change the club can make, and Sanchez Flores – even despite being a newly-appointed boss – will know all too well from past time spent at Vicarage Road of the club’s owners’ willingness to part company quickly and ruthlessly.
As a Newcastle supporter, watching my own team struggle significantly in the current league campaign, I feel for Watford and do worry we’ll be joining them in the second tier if fortunes don’t pick up.
But, as unfortunate a situation as both clubs find themselves in, on the pitch they can’t really be surprised. Much like Newcastle, Watford have looked clueless in most of their matches so far this season, especially defensively.
Too often, oppositions have been allowed to tear them apart and fashion chances at will. Allowing such in the Premier League invites oppositions to punish you. It is a league with some of the world’s top forwards and creative players plying their trades. Give them chances and they will score; as Manchester City demonstrated.