Can Troost-Ekong help power Watford back to the English Premier League?



The owners of Watford are determined to see the Hertfordshire outfit return to the English Premier League at the first attempt and bringing in the vastly experienced Super Eagles Ekong is central to that. If the project works and they make it back to the summit of English football, then this sacrifice for Ekong would have been well worth it for him, Watford and Super Eagles fans. “I believe in the project for Watford to get back into the Premier League,” the 27-year-old told BBC Sport Africa. “It’s always been my dream to play in the Premier League and Watford has given me the platform now to get there. Looking at the squad, I believe we have the quality to do it.” Watford have already made a decent start to this campaign winning 2 and drawing 1 from their first three matches. Although they need goals to score their way to promotion, they also need to keep things tight at the back. This is where Ekong’s leadership skills and defensive acumen come to play (quite literally). Watford are yet to concede any goal this season; it will be fascinating to see Ekong help orchestrate things from the back at Vicrage road.

His partners in crime in the centre of Super Eagles defence – Ajayi and Balogun – left their mark in the Championship with defensive displayes that were as spectacular as they were rivetting. Ekong is expected to do no less.


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