Disappointingly for fans of Watford, players heading for the Vicarage Road exit door have made more headlines than those arriving during this summer’s transfer window. The £40m made from the sale of Richarlison is yet to be reinvested and, as such, many have now been left watching Sky Sports News on deadline day hoping for a miracle.
Well, a miracle may not be quite what’s on the horizon, but a move for an England international certainly won’t be scoffed at by even the hardest to please Hornet.
West Bromwich Albion’s Jake Livermore has emerged as a last-gasp transfer target, and sources close to both the club and the player are reporting confidence that a deal can be struck.
While it won’t have escaped the notice of Watford fans that Livermore was indeed relegated from the Premier League last season, his individual stats suggest that he was not altogether culpable for the Baggies’ toils:
|CLUB West Bromwich Albion||AGE 28Y 8M|
|POS MID||HEIGHT 5FT 11IN|
Avg Goal for
Avg Goals against
Mins per goal for
Mins per goal against
Shots for per game
Points per game
Livermore played in 34 of West Brom’s 38 Premier League fixtures, but the drop off in the performances without him hint at a player surrounded by players below the required level rather than one who was the problem himself.
There’s no escaping the fact that an 18% win ratio is dreadful, and Livermore played his part in that, but West Brom failed to win a single game without the 28-year-old in their side.
Average goals scored per game almost halved from 0.9 to 0.5, while average goals conceded rocketed up from 1.4 to 2.3, highlighting just how much worse the side performed at both ends of the field without their former Tottenham Hotspur man.
Quite simply, West Brom’s squad was not good enough last season. Livermore was one of the few with the ability to at least keep their head above water but, ultimately, he couldn’t do enough single-handedly to save them.
While that may not be the most ringing endorsement, it says a lot about the player that he kept plugging away while those around him struggled. Livermore is a player with energy, quality and Premier League experience, and would be a valuable asset to Watford should they manage to get a deal over the line.
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