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Almen Abdi crowned Watford's Player of the Season

Midfielder Almen Abdi was this evening crowned the Watford Observer 'Player of the Season'.

'The Professor', as the Swiss international was nicknamed by Gianfranco Zola for his uncanny ability to find a way out of any situation, beat second-placed Matej Vydra and third-placed Troy Deeney to the award.



Abdi has has been a cut above his peers throughout the season, going from strength-to-strength and establishing himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet over the past 46 games.

Perhaps the biggest testament of Abdi's class is that the former FC Zurich and Le Mans midfielder makes the game look so easy.

He is always two or three moves ahead of his teammates mentally, breezing through games with a glide befitting of a man immeasurably ahead of those who he shares the field with.

With 36 starts and two substitute appearance, scorng 12 npower Championship goals, Abdi was sorely missed for the eight games in which he did not partake and it was little coincidence that the Hornets were poorer for the Prizren-born playmaker's absence.

That Abdi was overlooked for the Football League and PFA Team's of the Season, is frankly, laughable.

It can only be that he is on-loan at a largely unfashionable, unheralded and this season, oft-scorned upon club, that he was overlooked.

The idea that there are many or any finer all-round midfield players in the division is in my view, wholly misguided, and although we at Vital Watford are commenting through yellow-tinted spectacles, we are not prone to hyperbole.

This is a player with Champions League experience under his belt - and not that kind that Taribo West brought to Plymouth - this is a young man at 26, who is very much in his prime as a footballer.

After racking our brains, the highest compliment we can pay The Professor is that he is far, far too good for the Championship, a division which is an insult to his unrelenting class.

Many congratulations from all at Vital Watford, Almen.




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Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 5 2013

Time: 10:41PM

Your Comments

One of the best players I have ever seen wear a WFC top, I go back to the 70's, would really like to keep this guy no matter what league we are in, a real pleasure to watch.
ANDY710
Absolutely agree. Fingers crossed he will stick around. He's the one after Vydra that I'd worry about losing.
wfc123
He is a great player.. Although the udan fans I know have told me that all yhe players who were sent to us were all not wanted by the little zebras.. All were going to be given free transfers.. Which to my mind would mean they do have more very good players we could loan.. I hope the August window does get extended untill the monday so it would give us chance to sign players after embargo stops.... If not we will be in trouble.......
watford1881
Not to say the players we have now are good enough for Championship, but Premiere I'm not sure.. Pace & quick thinking needed at all times..
watford1881
Embargo? This is confusing me, as I understand the club are not under any transfer embargo, the club are free to sign who ever they want with all paperwork subject to ratification by the Football League. Will someone tell me what is right please?
ANDY710
You're absolutely correct, Andy. It's an embargo in name only.
wfc123
Thank you for confirming, what with the Daily Mail saying one thing, it's all getting fuzzy... Now can we please beat Leicester in both matchs.... Who is the ref for tomorrow?
ANDY710
Well there's your problem, Andy! You listened to what the Mail were saying! Referee is Neil Swarbrick with Phil Dowd doing the second leg.
wfc123
We need to gain permission from the football league to sign players untill end of August thats the reason we were unable to sign ex Aston Villa midfielder who we wanted to loan while other teams could do as they pleased.. We could end up with only 14 players next season.. As thats all the players who are contracted to Watford.. Transfer window could end 2nd September as end of August falls on a Saturday.. Which would gives us 48 hours to sign who we want without prior permission from the football league..
watford1881
We'll be fine. Lots of scare-mongering from The Daily Mail but Duxbury etc are not concerned.
wfc123
 

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