The Hornets’ are engaging in advanced talks with out-of-favour Barcelona forward, Paco Alcacer. The 24-year-old Spanish striker only featured on 23 occasions last season in which he struck the back of the net 7 times. Despite two underwhelming seasons in Catalunya he largely impressed at his time in Valencia, scoring 30 goals in 92 appearances in the La Liga for Los Che.
STRENGTHS and WEAKNESSES:
The Spaniard best operates in an advanced forward role, spearheading the attack and being able to create as well as score goals but is capable of playing most striker roles, also on rare occasions could do a job out wide.
His movement is second to none, finding space in behind and making darting runs to create space for the attacking midfielders to drive forward with the ball, a system which would work well with the Horns’, players such as Hughes, Pererya and potentially Ward-Prowse would do this perfectly.
He has a great first touch, players can direct the ball straight into his feet something us as Watford fans have missed out on having a striker who has a good first touch…Andre Gray! He has all the key attributes to suit an advanced forward role such as finishing, heading and his off the ball movement which would be perfectly suited to Watford’s style of play. A player of Alcacer’s calibre would be refreshing to watch at the Vic.
For his weaknesses, he lacks the ability to cross the ball well which would be a problem if he was forced out wide by defenders, a strategy which could likely be employed if he was causing trouble through the middle. He lacks a real sense of positioning but he makes it up with his off the ball movement.
According to the well respected Spanish website, Diario Sport they’re reporting that Barcelona is waiting for Watford’s decision whether to agree to the two-year loan deal. A problem in officially confirming the deal would be his wage demands but if the board are prepared to reportedly fork out £80k+ p/w on Andre Gray, you would like to hope so that they would agree on terms whatever the forward demands.
A striker who is just 24 years old and is on the books of Barcelona would be a great addition to the squad, fitting straight into the starting 11 and hopefully knocking up a good partnership with also the ex-Barcelona man Gerard Deulofeu, who impressed in his short loan spell at the end of last season. Paco and Deulofeu up top but who’s next to join our front three? Surely there’s only one man step forward… Leo Messi! Gino do your magic x