Clearly trying to revamp a team that finished 17th last season, Marco Silva, as he demonstrated during his time at Hull City, isn’t worried about making a lot of changes in a short period of time to get the results he wants.
Already releasing Juan Carlos Paredes and Mathias Ranegie, as well as selling four more, the Portuguese manager has also brought in five new players, including Nathaniel Chalobah from Chelsea and Will Hughes from Derby, and could be gifted Richarlison as a sixth.
Linked with a potential seventh in Udinese goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis despite already having four on the books, an eighth could also come in if Il Mattino are correct about the Hornets’ interest in Napoli’s Ivan Strinic.
Unlike the goalkeeper situation, the need for a new left-back is real at Vicarage Road, with José Holebas the only natural in the role currently at Marco Silva’s disposal.
The Italian newspaper state Watford have made ‘many enquiries’ about the Croatian defender, who is expected to leave the Serie A side after they brought in Mario Rui from Roma as competition for Faouzi Ghoulam.
With two years left on his Napoli deal, Strinic could be a strong backup option for Holebas, capable of picking the odd assist here and there, which he did twice in 15 appearances last season.
At least this one, unlike the Karnezis rumour, makes a lot of sense on paper.