Thursday, October 6, 2022

Experienced Australian Defender Signs New Deal With Watford: Smart Move By The Hornets?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Watford have looked in good form so far this season, having lost only one match out of their first five. All their players, especially the defenders, have been doing an incredible job so far this term, helping their side by keeping opponents out of harm’s way.

One of their back four, Sebastian Prodl, has been nothing less than a rock in the backline with his ominous physical presence and his ability to keep the opposition strikers at bay. His tackling has been pinpoint so far in this term and has helped the side to avert imminent dangers from the even the best of attacks.

Reportedly, the Hornets have tied down the Austrian centre back with a new deal at Vicarage Road, making sure that the 30-year-old is able to keep their backline safe in the forthcoming years as well. Prodl is one of their most experienced players and the presence of his robust frame in the heart of their defence is surely going to be a very big advantage for the Premier League club, that they do not want to lose out on.

A veteran of 300 matches, the Austrian defender has been one of the most influential figures for the Hornets throughout his tenure, which commenced in 2015 on his arrival from German Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.

Since then, he has been a dominant figure in the Premier League and established himself as one of the mainstays in the defence for Watford and will hopefully continue to do that, now that he has committed his long-term future to them in a new contract which sees him stay at Vicarage Road till 2021.

The player is known for his tremendous heading power, driving the ball out of the danger zone and at times, get his name on the scoresheet with that same skill of his. He is also known to be a shrewd tackler and a brilliant controller of the ball, averting any immediate danger that comes in the way of his team and gets them on the backfoot.

It goes without saying that he is hailed in the highest regard by the new manager of the side, Marco Silva, who is a big fan of his abilities and will like to have him on his side for a long time to come.

This contract extension will be a big boost for the new coach of the Hornets, as he looks towards the experienced Austrian to marshal the defence in the right way and get his side back to winning ways after a disastrous outing against Manchester Cty in the last match.

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