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The Ghosts of Watford Past are Alive in the Premier League

ashley young marlon king The Ghosts of Watford Past are Alive in the Premier League

In the 2006/2007 season, Watford finished on bottom of the Premier League with 28 points. While it looks like it’ll be a while before Watford gets promoted from the Championship again given their current league form, the ghosts of Watford past are still alive and well in the Premier League today.

There were two players that showed a lot of promise during that 2006/2007 season for Watford, but who weren’t able to shine for several different reasons. Those players are Ashley Young, now with Aston Villa, and Marlon King, now at Hull City.

Watching the Watford side from a couple of years ago, you would have been hard pressed to predict that these players would go on to greatness. When Young joined Villa in January 2007, a lot of people thought the £9.6 million fee was excessive. Young, at the time, seemed very rough around the edges except for a few glimmers of skill here and there. He has since gone on to become an integral part of the Villa side and is one of the best left foot crossers in the league today.

Marlon King was less an unknown at the time after his success earlier in his career at Nottingham Forest. But King was only able to score four goals that season after being hampered by injuries. This season, King has already scored four crucial goals in the league and it’s only early December.

Watching Watford a couple of seasons ago, it was frustrating watching King play because he would get those rare chances in front of goal to knock the ball in but seemed to be lacking the skill or confidence to score. This season, King seems like a player reborn. Perhaps his maturity is allowing him to be more cool under pressure as he slots the ball into the back of the net.

So while many football fans will laugh at the memories of Watford from the 2006/2007 season, I look back and feel glad I was able to watch two players move up from the ranks within Watford on to greater glory.

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2 Responses to The Ghosts of Watford Past are Alive in the Premier League

  1. Ashley Young was outstanding for Watford in the first half of that season….He was second in the assists list till January, when he moved to Villa. But he took some time to settle in Villa.

    King started well in that season before getting injured and was out for almost the entire season. I put him in my fantasy team during the start of the season and I had to move him out when he got injured. Thats why I still remember it…[:D]

  2. Matt R says:

    Anyone who'd watched Watford play that season wouldn't be “hard pressed” to predict that they'd go on to greatness. Marlon King had been the highest scorer in the Championship the previous season and had shone early in the Prem campaign but busted his knee at Arsenal in September. Although he came back at the end of the season, he was never fit.

    Ashley Young, however, as discussed above, Young excelled throughout the season until his January departure. Indeed, the promoted side had three players in it who never looked likely to return to the Championship – King, Foster and Young. King's six months at the start of last season was purely down to his injury, and well as he's doing now he doesn't have the pace that made him look every inch a Prem striker in the promotion campaign.

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