Latest reports are linking Watford striker Stefano Okaka with a shock move to Fulham. The 28-year-old striker has clocked only 276 minutes of Premier League action this season in his nine appearances and just scored once. The striker is way behind in the pecking order with players like club captain Troy Deeney, Andre Gray and Richarlison being preferred. Okaka was majorly seen as a backup option by manager Marco Silva.
The youth product from Roma spent 7 years at the club but only went on to make 33 appearances for the club scoring 1 goal. He hit form at Anderlecht where he scored 17 goals in 49 games and it earned him a move to Watford in 2016. It now seems that the player could be on the move again, this time to Fulham with Watford ready to sell the striker as long as they get enough to cover for him. Okaka had scored four goals in 10 league appearances last season and after spending another 6 months this time around on the bench, he would want to move to a club where he can get more time.
Watford who had enjoyed a bright start to their season under new manager Marco Silva are facing a difficult situation now. It has been only a few days since Watford decided to part ways with manager Marco Silva. The Hornets have moved swiftly and has appointed Javi Gracia as his successor. Gracia’s first assignment as Watford manager was this Saturday against Southampton in the FA Cup, which he ended up losing 1-0.
Watford’s decision to sack Marco Silva came as little surprise given his commitment issues at the club which resulted in their poor form of late. Reports had come out about Silva’s head being turned ever since rumours spread linking him with the managerial job at Everton.
The trigger-happy owners at Watford were never going to on agreeable terms with Silva’s floating concentration and made little flinches in appointing their tenth manager in under six years by bringing Javi Gracia on board.
Silva’s departure leaves the club with a lot to prove especially since the Portuguese had done a decent job in his short spell at the Hornets. He assembled a decent squad which has the potential to stay up in the league but given the fact that the Hornets has just won one match in the league since the end of November, Gracia will have a job on his hands to recharge the sinking team.
With the board assuring him that funds will be made available for new players, the Spaniard will look to invest the money in reshuffling his team and he seems to be okay with letting Okaka go to make funds available for a new signing. Okaka would be joining a fighting Fulham side in the Championships who are ready to fight for a playoff spot in the second half of the season.
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