20 July 2024

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Watford youngster Yaser Asprilla is hoping to secure a move from the Championship to the top flight before the transfer window shuts on 1st September, according to Alan Nixon. 

The 19-year-old has only been with the Hornets a year, but feels he can take the step up to the next level and is hoping an elite club steps in to secure his services. The Colombian plays predominantly in an attacking midfield position but can also fill in on the wings if required. This season he has only made two appearances in the Championship and has started today’s fixture against Blackburn Rovers (ongoing at the time of writing). However, last season he appeared 39 times for the club, with the majority coming as a substitute as the club finished in 11th.

Watford have begun their Championship campaign in indifferent form, sitting in a mid-table position having obtained just five points from their opening four fixtures. They were also knocked out of the EFL Cup at the first stage by Steve Evans’ League One Stevenage on penalties. They’ve added several new signings to the squad including Jake Livermore, Tom Ince, Jamal Lewis and Mileta Rajovic as well as seeing several high profile players depart such as Ismaïla Sarr and Joao Pedro. Current manager Valérien Ismaël may be hoping for more reinforcements to aid his side’s targeted promotion push.

Writer’s View

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It’s a strange one this, at 19 years old, and only being at the club a year to issue a “come and get me” plea to elite sides could be a distraction he doesn’t need. He is a top talent, but he is only at the beginning of his career in England and would probably benefit from another full season of Championship football before making the move to the Premier League. That is not to say a top club doesn’t take a punt on him, but if they can do I can only see him being loaned straight back out.

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