After the semi-controversial dismissal of Marco Silva, Watford turned to a stabilizing manager experienced in mid-table finishes. Javi Gracia has been around in his managerial career in many different countries with many different types of clubs, but he holds one thing true - defense over offense. This philosophy isn't that big of a surprise when defensive midfielders take the reins of a club. I would even argue former CDMs as managers are WAY more defensive than managers that were center-backs. But that's just me.
Here is the past three years of Javi Gracia stats for his team's table positions, total games, goals scored and goals conceded. Does anyone see anything suspicious?
A little defensive, isn't it? Well great! Another fucking boring EPL team for the big boys to try and breakdown each week. These statistics are basically another Burnley coming into the league.... [sigh] Great!
- Ditch the Watford Offense - Not many of you had any Watford attackers outside of Richarlison, but it's probably not the best time to pick up Deulofeu, Gray or Fat-Boy Troy. I'd give it a couple of weeks to see what happens. Javi's history doesn't seem to show his team's like high-flying offenses.
- Less than 4.5 Defenders - Sebastian Prödl, José Holebas, Christian Kabasele, Adrian Mariappa & Orestis Karnezis are now all decent options for a cheap, rotating defender. I'm viewing Javi Gracia with the same disdain as Pulis and Big Sam... But will I take advantage of cheap FPL defenders - you bet'cha. Their schedule is pretty favorable for budget defender rotation and once these players are solid starters, I'll dip my toe into the mix.
TL;DR - Watford is now a team with cheap defenders with a defensive coach. KThx