Watford Opinion: Why the Hornets should sign Zambo Anguissa from Fulham
Back in January 2018, the Sky Sports claimed Watford were interested in signing Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, who was then playing for Marseille. However, a move hadn’t materialised and the midfielder stayed put at Marseille.
Before the 2018/19 campaign commenced, Fulham broke their transfer record with the purchase of Zambo Anguissa by paying around £30m on the summer transfer deadline day. However, the move hasn’t worked well for the Cameroonian, who has managed just 17 Premier League games.
Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League has been confirmed which could see a lot of high-profile names depart from the Craven Cottage at the end of the season. Zambo Anguissa certainly will be desperate to leave the club and reignite his career elsewhere.
Watford should take full advantage of Fulham’s relegation and sign Zambo Anguissa when the transfer window re-opens in a few months’ time.
The Hornets have been a surprise package this season and currently sit ninth in the table. They are aiming for a place in Europe, with six games left in the season. However, the club could lose Abdoulaye Doucoure in the summer, with Tottenham, Liverpool, PSG and Arsenal all interested in the midfield powerhouse.
Doucoure has been a key member of Javi Gracia’s side, scoring five times and adding six assists in the Premier League so far this season. But interest in the Frenchman is massive ahead of the summer and it’ll be difficult to keep hold of him if a top European club come calling, even though he is contracted at Vicarage Road until 2023.
If Doucoure leaves Watford in the summer transfer window, Javi Gracia should replace the French midfielder with Zambo Anguissa. Anguissa is renowned for his strength and power coupled with his ability to break up of play at the base of midfield. The Cameroon international is a defensive midfielder by trade, known for his tough tackling, stamina and tireless work-rate.
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The 23-year-old protects the backline, recycles possession and is a decent distributor of the ball. Anguissa uses his strength and power to dispossess players before quickly releasing the ball to his teammate. He isn’t only about defensive diligence and tackling, the midfielder also possesses the burst of pace which he uses to burst forward from the middle of the park and help the team in the attack.
Anguissa may not be creative and a goal-threat like Doucoure is but he knows to stick to his task and help the team ticking over. A tireless midfielder, the Cameroonian would come closest to replacing Doucoure if the French star leaves Watford at the end of the season.