What was Watford’s aim this season? And did they achieve it? I’m not sure anybody knows. Assuming it was “reach 40 points and survive” they were spot on. They lack identity under the current owners.
They were actually in the top half (including 10th) for 17 gameweeks but ended up in 17th place after the league’s longest loss streak at the end of the season.
7 clean sheets put them into 17th again.
Top scorers Deeney (10), Capoue (6) and Okaka (3) shows they were pretty impotent, scoring 40 all season.
Silva’s job is to improve upon last year in every way possible, starting with identity and his acquisitions so far of Cleverly, Hughes and Chalobah point towards hungry homegrown players. They must be more consistent, both in form and players used. The latter will have to be addressed with the sale of lots of dead wood.
Gibbs suits the trend of signings and can choose between here or the Hawthorns. I know where I’d rather play. Silva’s previous loan man Ranocchia could be an option at the back.
Moving on fringe players will show where they need reinforcements. The most likely targets are Clucas and Grosicki from Hull, but having already lost players they will be reluctant to sell.