Watford have signed another striker this transfer window, with the acquisition of the Burnley forward Andre Gray, for what is reportedly a club record at £18 million. Gray joins the club after the signing of Brazilian youngster Richarlison, who signed last week for the Hornets.
Last season was the Englishman’s first season in the Premier League and to be fair to him he didn’t do too badly. He scored 9 goals and set up 3 for his team mates in a season where Andre Gray was hit with injury. In Burnley’s Championship promotion season he scored 25 goals in 44 appearances.
Here’s what Gray said about his move:
“I’ve still got a lot to learn, so I feel like a new challenge came at the right time and there’s no better place than Watford” “I would like to thank everyone connected with Burnley, the club that helped me achieve my dream of playing in the Premier League”.
Fantasy Football Potential
Andre Gray is priced at 6.5m, which could turn out to be a bargain depending on how the Hornets get on this season. He should get the sufficient game time to be a viable FPL option but there is doubt as Watford have also signed Brazilian forward Richarlison, and already have Deeney and Okaka. In my opinion Gray’s quality trumps them all.
Gray’s pace will surely give every Premier League defence problems, but this season he needs to turn these problems he’s giving these defences into goals like he did in the Championship for Burnley. Gray will most likely be used as a 3rd striker in FPL teams and has just a 1.8% ownership, meaning he may be a good differential for the start of the season.
Watford’s opening fixtures are as follows; Liverpool (H), Bournemouth (A), Brighton (H), Southampton (A) and Manchester City (H). These fixtures will be difficult for the Hornets as all the new players will be needed to be given time to gel with each other.
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Written by Harry Clark (@HarryClark67)