Despite playing just 25 mins of football for Watford over two appearances, Ignazio Pussetto has already managed to win over a chunk of the Vicarage Road faithful.
After all, he secured a very good point against Tottenham on his debut, clearing the ball millimetres off the line towards the end of the game almost immediately after coming on for Ismaïla Sarr.
The Argentine was signed in January from Udinese for £7m or so in what felt a bit like a Pozzo family bank balance transaction, but he appears to be a part of Nigel Pearson’s plans for the time being.
However, the Italian owners know full well they’ve weakened one of the teams they own by doing this move, which is why they’re now looking to send someone the other way.
At least, that’s what TuttoUdinese appear to be claiming on Wednesday afternoon, reporting that Filip Stuparevic could end up going from Watford to Italy.
The 19-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan with FK Pribram in the Czech Republic, but returned towards the end of December after managing just two goals in 12 appearances.
The young forward is seen as one of the options to replace Pussetto for the second half of the season for Udinese’s manager Luca Gotti, who got to witness Stuparevic first hand on Tuesday.
Still owned by Watford, the Serbia U21 international lined up in a friendly for Udinese (in some kind of trial, we’re guessing?) against Giorgione, which the Serie A club won 3-0.
So either the transfer has already happened and no one’s said anything, or there’s been some kind of agreement for the Italians to try Stuparevic out in this manner so Gotti could have a closer look at the striker, who can also play on the wings.
One to keep an eye on.