According to latest reports in German media outlet Bild, Hertha Berlin’s German fullback Marvin Plattenhardt is being linked with various Premier League clubs after he made it to Germany’s squad for the World Cup. One of those clubs is Watford. The Hornets have already made some valuable acquisitions in the transfer market as of now and are looking for more players.
The Hornets finished 14th last season after a good start to their campaign and they will surely try to push towards a top half finish in the upcoming season. The pressure will be on Javi Gracia to deliver the goods in the upcoming season as he almost dragged the side in a relegation battle last season from a relatively comfortable position.
Gracia recently acquired Adam Masina from Bologna who is also a left back, so it seems highly unlikely that they will go for another left back in the same transfer window. Apart from their new signing, they have viable options in Jose Holebas and Marvin Zeegelaar as well, so one can virtually count the Hornets out of the race to sign Plattenhardt. However, there can be a chance that Plattenhardt will be used further up the pitch so that looks like the only possible way in which the German can fit into Watford’s squad.
The left-back was one of the surprise inclusions in Germany’s squad for the World Cup as they suffered a first-round exit for the first time in their history. Plattenhardt started the first game against Mexico as Jonas Hector was out due to illness. The 26-year-old was a regular for Hertha Berlin in the last campaign as he made 38 appearances in all competitions and provided 8 assists.
Apart from Watford, clubs like Leicester City, Huddersfield are also after the German fullback and it will be interesting to see which club wins the race for his signature. The 26-year-old is known for his vicious left foot and has the ability to provide dangerous crosses. He is also a set-piece specialist and will certainly be a good asset for whichever clubs he joins.
As mentioned above, Watford are not going to be that intent on having the German given the current options they have in their squad which puts other linked clubs in a better position to sign the defender. He has been impressive in the Bundesliga but Premier League can be a different ball game. The player will be tested defensively a bit more and that can be the deal breaker for the German.
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