Homegrown Hornets undone by Blues
Watford`s dreams of landing the FA Youth Cup with homegrown talent were quickly and decisively put to bed early tonight by a glittering display of Chelsea`s up and coming international starlets at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets, who had beaten the much fancied Liverpool at Anfield in the 5th Round, were battered 4-0 by the big time Blues as Chelsea`s global (and expensive) recruitment of the world`s top young talent was far too hot for Watford`s Academy products to handle.
Portuguese winger Alio Darjo - who had caught the eye of Bayern Munich before joining Chelsea for a fee that could rise to £5m - opened the scoring just before the half hour mark and the Premier League side doubled their lead on the stroke of half time thanks to a penalty from Swedish striker Marko Mitrovic.
Ok, Watford had a handful of chances with Murray and Massay looking the most likely to trouble the scorers but Holland U21 international centre back, Jeffrey van Homoet Bruma, killed of any thoughts of a comeback with Chelsea`s 3rd as the second half got under way.
Turkish international Gokhan Tore - who is high on Barcelona`s wish list - was a thorn in the Hornets side all night and will be one to watch for the future and it was the former Bayer Leverkusen man who set up English midfielder (no, really!) Josh McEachran to dril home the final nail in the FA Youth Cup coffin.
After all the build up on the 'fficial site and rave reviews following the win on Merseyside, this defeat will be a massive comedown back to earth for a bump for the Watford Academy...but it's all good experience.