FM17: Watford Player Ratings Revealed

Here’s the Watford team on Football Manager 2017 with all the player ratings and values revealed and broken down to help you understand your squad.

oliver stein by Oli Stein

To survive in the Premier League, Watford do have a good enough squad, but with a small transfer budget, you’re unlikely to be able to make that quality signing needed to really push on into positions higher in the table. I think survival or a high bottom half finish should be the aim until you can gather the necessary financial resources to really add quality to your squad.

There are some good players in there, namely Roberto Pereyra, Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney, but they’re scattered few and far between amongst some pretty average names.

I think you’ll need to build a solid core for your team. As I say, Pereyra and Deeney can form the attacking part of that, but I think Watford need a goalkeeper, centre-back and solid central midfielder. Etienne Capoue can play either as a centre-half or holding midfielder and his role in the team shouldn’t be underestimated.

Watford’s starting transfer and wage budgets are as follows:

Transfer budget: £8,000,000

Wage budget: £1,051,928

GOALKEEPERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes 3.5 3.5 35 Brazil £1m
Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon 3 3 29 Romani £7.25m

I think Watford have some goalkeeping issues moving forwards. Heurelho Gomes is definitely a solid choice for your first year, at 3.5 stars, but he’s 35-years-old and probably has one, maybe two, good seasons left in him. Costel Pantilimon is also a decent bet at three-stars, but, again, he’s not a long-term solution to this problem. Look to invest in a goalkeeper as your priority.

DEFENDERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Defender Younes Kaboul 3.5 3.5 30 France £4.6m
Defender Sebastian Prodl 3.5 3.5 29 Austria £7.75m
Defender Christian Kabasele 3 3 25 Belgium £7.25m
Defender Craig Cathcart 3.5 3.5 27 N. Ireland £9.25m
Defender Miguel Britos 3.5 3.5 30 Uruguay £4.2m
Defender Etienne Capoue 3.5 4 27 France £19.25m
Defender Daryl Janmaat 3.5 3.5 26 Netherlands £12m
Defender Brice Dja Djedje 3 3 25 Ivory Coast £7.25m

Watford actually have a pretty solid group of defenders as only two players are three-stars, Brice Dja Djedje and Christian Kabasele the lowest rated of the bunch. In Etienne Capoue you have a defender, or even midfielder, capable of reaching four stars and Craig Cathcart, Sebastian Prodl, Younes Kaboul and Daryl Janmaat should be your first choice picks at 3.5 stars. Watford, in reality, opt for a three man defence and given the lack of fullbacks, your best option may be to do the same.

MIDFIELDERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Midfielder Camilo Zuniga 3 3 30 Colombia £2.7m
Midfielder Jose Holebas 3 3 32 Greece £1.9m
Midfielder Nordin Amrabat 3 3 29 Morocco £8.75m
Midfielder Adlene Guedioura 3 3 30 Algeria £3.9m
Midfielder Ben Watson 3.5 3.5 30 England £2.8m
Midfielder Valon Behrami 3.5 3.5 31 Switzerland £4.3m
Midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure 2.5 3 23 France £6.75m
Midfielder Roberto Pereyra 4 4 25 Argentia £27m
Midfielder Isaac Success 3 3.5 20 Nigeria £10.5m
Midfielder Kenedy 3 3 20 Brazil £10.5m

Following from that point on a three-man defence, Nordin Amrabat is a decent three-star wingback you could deploy. However, the midfield is nothing spectacular as most of your players are capped at three-star ability. Roberto Pereyra is your best player with four-star ability and you’re lucky he was a permanent acquisition in the summer. Isaac Success, too, is one for the future as he is 20-years-old and has the ability to reach 3.5 stars. I do think investment is needed a couple of quality central midfielders, perhaps one defensive option and a playmaker.

STRIKERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Striker Odion Ighalo 3.5 3.5 27 Nigeria £12.5m
Striker Stefano Okaka 3 3 26 Italy £11.25m
Striker Troy Deeney 4 4 28 England £18.75m

Watford aren’t short of quality up front, as it goes, and you have a choice of three strikers to choose from. If you do opt for a back three, you’ll have to play two up front and you should choose Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney for these spots. Deeney will be your key goal-scorer as he has four-star ability; Ighalo is 3.5 stars and Okaka three.

Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_

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