Watford’s Premier League season has gotten off somewhat swimmingly.
Disregarding the Bournemouth capitulation, it’s been an admirable start for the Hornets, with wins in half of their first fixtures, to leave them ninth in the table alongside Manchester United on points and ahead of such teams as Leicester City and Everton.
Manager Javi Gracia will be wanting to make sure this run is not just a blip and certainly requires reinforcements to add to the well-performing frontline of English bruisers Andre Gray and talismanic Troy Deeney to push on in nestling in the top half of the table.
The two have five goals between them in the eight matches so far.
Not content with Issac Success, Gerard Deulofeu, and Adalberto Peñaranda Maestre to bolster his burgeoning ranks, Gracia was reportedly interested in brining hot property Spanish striker Francisco "Paco" Alcácer to Vicarage Road as a statement of their lofty ambitions.
The Barcelona loanee is lcurrently ighting up the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund,
Alcácer again made his mark this week, this time for his national team, by securing a brace over Wales in Spain’s friendly at the Principality Stadium.
German publication Bild reports, however, that despite Watford’s interest, Alcácer’s immediate future is to remain in Deutschland with Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben will sign Alcácer on a permanent basis by triggering his €23 million release clause after being impressed by his immediate success in the side. Alcácer has scored seven goals in just four appearances. Moreover, only one of these appearances has been a start and this is the same return as he managed for the Blaugrana in the entirely of last season.
The Spaniard’s contribution is partially why manager Lucien Favre and Dortmund currently find themselves perched atop the Bundesliga and are undefeated in the league this season so far.
Spain next take on England in their UEFA Nations League Game at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, whereas Borussia Dortmund continue their Bundesliga campaign away to rock-bottom Stuttgart.
- Games: 5
- Goals: 8
Dortmund are ready to pay Paco Alcacer's release clause of €23m.