Players we've missed out on

Discussion in 'The Hornets' Nest - Watford Chat' started by R4E, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. R4E

    R4E Reservist

    There's a ridiculous amount of players linked to us every transfer window, the majority of which we are never actually interested in - we're just a handy name for agents to drop in when planting stories on the internet to try and drum up some interest.

    But there are a few who we genuinely make enquiries for obviously and many don't come off. People on here and social media go crazy, thinking we've dragged our heels or been outbid but the truth is I think Watford almost always make the right decision when passing up on players who they deem too expensive or not the right fit.

    So thinking about the Sarr situation, the club have decided what he's worth and are currently sticking to their guns. And if we miss out or someone else pays over the odds, then fair enough. And that made me wonder, out of all the players we have shown a genuine interest in trying to sign, can anyone name one that has gone on to be a great success wherever they ended up?

    I'm struggling... There was that bloke Bournemouth signed, the one that went to Southampton... neither made an impact but the outcry online when we missed out on them was like we'd turned down Messi on a free!

    Anyone I've not thought of?
  2. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    No, I think you've got them all.
  3. YellowKicks

    YellowKicks Reservist


    For a fact we missed out on Thomas Delaney, Alcacer, Nicolas Pepe, Sarabria off the top of my head. All of which we'd have made massive profits on if we'd paid that tiny bit extra. Soon to be Sarr too.
  4. hornetgags

    hornetgags McMuff's lovechild

    Gabriel Jesus
  5. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Maybe Gino should double the price of tickets to create an over payment fund.
  6. domthehornet

    domthehornet Moderator Staff Member

    We had deals agreed for Delaney and Sarabria and backed out at the last minute.
  7. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Reservist

    In da Ponzo's we trust.
  8. R4E

    R4E Reservist

    Was Alcacer ever a realistic target? Did he want to come to Watford? Delaney I don't remember being linked with, but that's two players who went to Dortmund instead of Watford. How much of that was their choice not to come to us. Pepe would have been a good signing, probably the most likely out of the four to have agreed to come here.
  9. Sort of OK

    Sort of OK First Year Pro

    Tom Heaton
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  10. YellowKicks

    YellowKicks Reservist

    Delaney was literally done - he'd agreed to come.
  11. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    Jerren Nixon
    Tomas Brolin
    Sergei Clescenco
    Sam Parkin
  12. domthehornet

    domthehornet Moderator Staff Member

  13. Sort of OK

    Sort of OK First Year Pro

    Adam Le Fondre
  14. Optimistichornet

    Optimistichornet Penguin Assassin

    Tommy Smith for the third time. :(
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  15. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

  16. R4E

    R4E Reservist

    I saw him play for the reserves against L*ton. John Hartson was in the stands and squared up to someone who'd been shouting "scum" at the L*ton players. I think it must have been at Northwood. Anyway, I thought he was quite good but GT decided not to sign him.
  17. Chumlax

    Chumlax Reservist

    Destination Sarabria

  18. Burnsy

    Burnsy Squad Player

    Danny Rose.
  19. Markoa$

    Markoa$ Reservist

    We could have signed Bruno Fernandes for £800k as well. Let that sink in.
  20. BigRossLittleRoss

    BigRossLittleRoss Squad Player

    Apart from the minor detail that none of them wanted to come to Watford.
  21. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    Whereas the Pozzos pulled the plug on Heaton in favour of Almunia when they first arrived
  22. Burnsy

    Burnsy Squad Player

    Turned out alright.
  23. Supertommymooney

    Supertommymooney Reservist

  24. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Reservist

    When was that?
  25. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Reservist

    I always assumed Alpaca thought he was a bit better than our level.
  26. reids

    reids Squad Player

    Considering Ginos expertise I'm amazed they let Fernandes, Allan and Zielinksi go for so cheap.

    In terms of biggest regrets, Sarabia was the one I was raving about at the time. Pretty sure he was a 2m fee or on a free. Instead signed for Sevilla and scored 26 goals with 26 assists in 79 league games...and now just joined PSG.
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  27. Markoa$

    Markoa$ Reservist

    I was trying to find a link but because of all the news around him recently I got bored going through google. It was a few seasons ago. We had the option to bring him to vicarage road but didn’t. Now he is a £60mil+ player. Definitely one of the Pozzo’s regrets.
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  28. Markoa$

    Markoa$ Reservist

    Yeah you’re right, it was £2mil and we didn’t do it. Crazy. Oh well, win some lose some I suppose.
  29. wfcwarehouse

    wfcwarehouse Strangeland

    Jermaine Beckford - didn’t Leeds pull the rug out from under us at the 11th hour?
  30. YellowKicks

    YellowKicks Reservist

    Yeah that's why Delaney had agreed terms before we pulled out last minute. But hey why let that ruin your really witty post.

    Sarabria had also agreed a pre contract agreement when at Getafe.

    Probably best not to comment on things you don't know about.

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