In the past few years, Watford have ramped up their South American recruitment. Lots of youngsters from the continent, primarily from Colombia and Brazil, sign for the Hornets and get loaned out before eventually being sold for profit without ever playing for the club.
Some are successful, others not as much. But, one exciting prospect Hornets fans have kept tabs on for a while now is striker Cucho Hernandez, who recently had mixed words regarding his future at Vicarage Road.
Cucho Hernandez Unsure Of Watford Future
Cucho Hernandez Speaks, Not Ruling Anything Out
The 21-year-old signed for Watford, from Colombian side Pereira, in 2017. Work-permit issues, among wanting him to develop more, have led to many loan moves. His most prolific season came with SD Huesca in Segunda Divisíon in the 2017/18 season, scoring 16 times and assisting six goals. Now on loan with Getafe, the striker, who can play on the wing if necessary, has 75 career La Liga appearances, accumulating 18 goal contributions.
Cucho is showing tremendous promise, so notable suitors will likely come calling in the future. In an interview with La Querendona 1270am, a radio station from his hometown Pereira, he said, “I have two more years [on my contract] with Watford; anything can happen.
“A few years ago I always said that the goal was Madrid; now that I compete against them, everything [in terms of my goals for the future] can happen.”
Cucho Might Follow Path of Luis Suarez and Pervis Estupinan
Notable players who went through the Pozzo-owned clubs’ South American youth-path are Luis Suarez and Pervis Estupinan. Although they went through other clubs of the same owners, all eventually found their way to Watford.
After multiple successful loan spells for both Suarez and Estupinan, the Colombian and Ecuadorian reported to pre-season training in Hertfordshire. Supporters were excited to see how the highly-rated youngsters would contribute. But ultimately, Suarez was sold to Granada for over £7 million (with the potential to rise to more). Estupinan departed to Villareal in a £15 million move. Neither played a competitive fixture for Watford, though the profit from their sales made the business successful to a financial extent.
Whether or not Cucho is to follow the path of never playing for Watford remains to be seen. However, both Suarez and Estupinan were reluctant about playing for Watford, especially post-relegation. Cucho still not ruling anything out means he is not as opposed as the two summer departures were. If he is to be sold in the future, the Hornets will receive many millions. Still, the prospect of seeing Cucho play at Vicarage Road will excite many supporters.