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Experienced Argentine Sent Out On Loan By Watford: Does He Have Any Future At The Club?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Watford have sent forward Mauro Zarate to Al Nasr on a season-long loan. The Hornets have announced the transfer on the deadline day of the United Arab Emirates transfer window. Zarate spent most of the time on the sidelines following his knee injury. The 30-year-old ruptured his ACL against his former club West Ham United and had appeared in only three games before injury cut short his stint.

The Argentine arrived in January only but hasn’t able to showcase his talent due to his long gasp injury. The loan spell is scheduled to end at the end of this ongoing season but the Hornets have the option to bring him back in January if needed.

The forward was involved in two U-23 matches on his road to fitness and also played a part against Millwall in a friendly match a few days ago. Watford boss Marco Silva has roped in a number of attacking players and if the Argentine does come back, he will have to force his way into the team.

He will be under strict guidance of former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli and any positive move would only boost his chances to get back to the Hornets lineup. Zarate arrived at the Vicarage Road from Fiorentina. The forward had also a brief stint at West Ham United before coming in the Premier League on a permanent basis.

Silva is looking unstoppable at this moment as Watford are currently sitting pretty comfortably in the sixth position. The Hornets have exceeded expectations this season and Silva needs to use this momentum to set the stage for the later period.

The season has just started and there is still a long way to go but the way his side has been performing, there is wide belief that this could be their season. Following a miserable last season where they somehow kept them alive in the Premier League change was inevitable.

Zarate could have used this opportunity to jump into the scene but his injury against the Hammers changed the equation completely. He is now facing a race against time to revive his career completely and it would be very hard for him to retain a place in the side unless he does something exceptional on his loan stint.

Watford do have a very envious attacking lineup with the likes of Andre Gray and Richarlison bringing stability to the side. Now it is remains to be seen how the 30 year old performs in this stipulated period.

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