Which Hornet had Ipswich lined up?
After Brendan Rodgers let slip that Ipswich "were interested in doing something with one of our players" (oo-er!), the VitalWatford boys have been all a quiver with their thinking caps on trying to piece together 'the mystery` of the Portman Road target.
Ok, so the proposed loan swap-switch collapsed on all fronts after Macedonian international Velice Sumulikoski revealed his unwillingness to play for Watford and Ipswich`s "few injury problems had cleared up a bit"…
…but hey, there`s still the small matter of who Rodgers was ready to let go.
So with our 100% footballing brains switched to that unused setting of 'logic` here`s our thoughts on the runners and riders:
> Mat Sadler
The former £1m Brum left back gets the nod as prime suspect no#1 after major fitness doubts over both the first choice Tractor Boys full backs (and Moritz Volz) cleared up and went away.
Sads has been left out in the cold under Rodgers despite his bags of experience at this level. Rumoured to be on £10k a week + a hefty appearance fee per game… No wonder Brendan even keeps him away from the bench and is desperate to get him off the wage bill.
> Richard Lee
Seems strange in a week when Jim Magilton drops his interest in a Hornet that he quickly snaps up young goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski on loan from Saints - Damn those Polish people taking all our jobs!!!!
The Tractor Boys had to let Shane Supple go out on loan 'to get first team games" (and spend some quality time with Kabba) up at Oldham which all makes us wonder if Rich was part of the plan to act as Richard Wright`s er, right hand man.
Watford have Stuart Searle (signed from Basingstoke Town) to act as cover to Loach and Lee is out of contract in the summer… kinda made sense from our end!
> Adrian Mariappa
The tabloids have Mariappa down as the dead cert to be the 'Hornet most likely to` early on in the week after it was reported that Jim Magilton had a good long look at the Watford defender last summer.
It seems highly unlikely, though, that Rodgers would let Mariappa leave. He might be way too short to be a centre back (he`s got a "great spring" don`t you know) but the Watford backroom boys seem hell bent on backing Mariappa to the hilt.
We`re also desperately, desperately short of centre back cover.
> Lee Williamson
Despite Rodgers' clear liking of a midfielder or 8, Willo appears to be surplus to requirement at Watford. After being a first choice under Boothroyd, the former Rotherham man should have blossomed with the new style of footie but hasn`t.
In fact warming the bench has become a bit of a habit of late (thanks to Cork & Jenks).
Still would swapping a ball playing midfielder for er, a ball playing midfielder (with a funny name) made much sense? We don`t think so.
> Will Hoskins
Mmm, Ipswich cool their interest after signing pesky striker Dos Santos on loan from Spurs. Enough to generate plenty of online speculation that Hoskins had caught Magilton`s eye with his direct running and quick feet that scare the living daylights out of defenders.
Hoskins case is also helped by unsubstantiated rumours of a training ground ding dong that saw him fall right out of the squad for Charlton and Forest ('illness` said the official site).
In truth, we're no closer to unmasking the mystery man but if we were betting men our hard earned would be straight on Sadler or Lee to have been packed off to Portman Road.