With the 2020/21 campaign nearing an end, rumours for the summer transfer window are inevitable. One of Watford’s star players recently earned himself a link to four Premier League clubs. Francisco Sierralta, little known prior to this season, is now the defender on the lips of all Watford supporters.
Francisco Sierralta Linked With Summer Transfer
Watford’s Surprise Package
When Sierralta arrived at Vicarage Road in the summer, he was sixth in the pecking order. Many of the Hornets’ faithful deemed the transfer to be one of the typical Udinese-Watford transfers, which do usually not make the most sense. So, the Chilean’s arrival did not turn many heads, and his impact was expected to be minimal.
The assumptions seemed correct at first. He only played three minutes in the club’s first 19 league matches. Only once injuries permitted was he able to earn himself a spot in the starting eleven.
Ever since his inaugural Championship start – a 1-0 victory over league leaders Norwich City – he has been undroppable. From that fixture onwards, he has started 17 out of 18 matches, with his only absence coming for resting purposes. In those 17 matches, Watford have only conceded ten times – keeping ten clean sheets in the process. The Hornets’ uptick in form relied a fair amount upon Sierralta’s surprise, tremendous contributions.
Four Top-Flight Clubs Vying For Francisco Sierralta
With good performances comes inevitable transfer interest. According to Enzo Olivera, four Premier League clubs want to secure Sierralta’s signature, two of which are rumoured to be Crystal Palace and West Ham United.
However, Watford will be reluctant to let the aerially-strong centre-back – whose current contract expires in the summer of 2022 – depart for. His minimal transfer fee, in conjunction with his improbable rise into the Vicarage Road spotlight, makes him someone the Hornets will likely consider a valuable asset to hold onto for as long as possible.
As long as Xisco Munoz is in charge, Sierralta will further be pleased with his current club. He recently stated on Watford’s Hive Live program: “I have a very good relationship with him ever since [Xisco] joined the club. He gave me the confidence and it’s up to me to pay him back with my performances.”
Watford fans will be hoping, regardless of what league they are in next season, that Sierralta stays.
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