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Watford and Moussa Sissoko could reunite – Tom Cleverley could make it: View

Watford and Moussa Sissoko could reunite – Tom Cleverley could make it: View

Watford head coach Tom Cleverley is preparing for his first full season in charge at Vicarage Road.



Cleverley was appointed permanent head coach of the Hornets this summer, having taken on the role on an interim basis in March following the sacking of Valerien Ismael.


He made a decent start on the bench but will be looking to significantly improve Watford’s 15th place in the Championship next season.

The 34-year-old has already made a number of new signings this summer, with Rocco Vata joining from Celtic and Jonathan Bond returning to the club on a free transfer. Malian rookie striker Mamadou Doumbia also arrived at Vicarage Road after a pre-contract agreement was reached in February.

The Hertfordshire outfit will need to further strengthen their squad if they are to compete at the top of the Championship next season, especially amid rumours that more key players could leave the club during the current transfer window.

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Watford wants to bring Moussa Sissoko back to Vicarage Road

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However, Watford could be close to signing their former midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who left the Hornets two years ago to join French club FC Nantes, TuttoMercatoWeb reported, with The Athletic adding on Monday that he would have to undergo a medical.

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Watford have offered the 34-year-old the chance to return to Vicarage Road and help the club gain promotion to League Two next season after losing the experience of Jake Livermore in the summer.

The last time Sissoko wore a Watford shirt, the Hornets were playing in the Premier League and everyone thought that this would be his last appearance for the club.


Now it looks like he could return this summer.

Moussa Sissoko could cope well with relegation to the Championship

While some fans may wonder whether it would be the right decision to bring Sissoko back to the club, he should be able to impress far more regularly at Watford next season than he did in the Premier League.

The midfielder has played in Ligue 1 for the past two seasons and has never played outside the top leagues in France and England during his entire career.

Although he is already in the final stages of his career, Sissoko definitely has the physical qualities to do well in the championship.

His strength, directness and assertiveness should make him more effective in the second division, while his technical quality should also come into play in a lower league.

He will be able to pass on his knowledge and experience to younger players in the Watford squad and if he can contribute on the pitch, he should prove to be a good and low-risk signing for Cleverley.


The Hornets need to strengthen their midfield department ahead of another closely contested season in the Championship after Jake Livermore left Vicarage Road this summer following the expiry of his contract.

Watford have also sold Ismael Kone to Marseille in a deal that could be worth up to £15million and Cleverley is expected to discuss how the money will be spent at the training ground this week.

Although the head coach will undoubtedly want to reinvest part of Kone’s transfer fee in the playing team, signing Sissoko for free could still be an excellent deal.

The former French international will not only bring the much-needed experience required following Livermore’s departure, but will also provide the energy and quality in midfield that will be missing following the sale of Kone.


Watford faces an important summer after the Moussa Sissoko deal

Watford FC head coach Tom Cleverley

Watford will be confident of building a much more competitive squad than last season, especially if Cleverley can spend some of the transfer fee the club received.

Last summer, the Hornets sold Ismaila Sarr to Marseille, Joao Pedro to Brighton & Hove Albion and Christian Kabasele to Udinese before spending only a fraction of the money raised on new signings.

Having made further club sales this summer and given their disappointing performance last season, they will surely show more ambition this time in the transfer window.


The potential signing of Sissoko would be a solid addition for the Hornets and could prove to be a stroke of genius, especially if he hits the ground running in the Championship and Watford adds further quality to their squad.