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2011/12 Season Review: Forwards

2011/12 Season Review: Forwards
The final part of our end-of-season review examines the many strikers Watford used throughout the 2011/12 campaign. Remember, any appearance for the first team qualifies a player for examination.

9. Troy Deeney:
A season of two halves for Troy who played second-fiddle to an unfit Chris Iwelumo and Marvin Sordell until January. Two important goals in the space of a week against Brighton and Peterborough United looked like flashes in the pan, however crucial.

With Sordell departed, Iwelumo benched and loanees Andi Weimann and Craig Beattie departed, it fell to Deeney to be the main man, the line leader and the goal scorer. Whilst Deeney lacks the technique of a Sordell-like striker, his work rate and endeavour gets him into positions that bring him goals like he scored at home to Ipswich. Whilst Sordell would be more likely to bend one in from a tight angle outside the area, he would never scored a similar goal to Deeney`s goal of the season effort.

Troy is finally the first-choice forward at the Vic`, the challenge is now keeping it up (and staying on the right side of the law!).8/10

chrisgwfc: 8/10 - A real revelation as the season wore on for Deeney. Struggled for first team appearances early in the season but has flourished since Sordell's move and has become the main man.

10. Chris Iwelumo: His early season showings were, underwhelming, but when you`re not fit and the manager keeps selecting you, there`s only so much you can do. With Deeney and Gavin Massey waiting in the wings, it wasn`t like Dyche even had to select Big Chris.

After a winter hibernation period, Iwelumo finally came good in the spring and looked fitter and leaner; three goals followed, and although more would have been expected he is a good player to have around the squad in terms of his experience. At 33, you can`t see him being a 40+ games a season man next year, but he will pass on good experience of Championship goal-getting to the likes of Massey, Connor Smith and Britt Assombalonga.6/10
chrisgwfc: 6/10 - Struggled early on with fitness restricting his normal game. Has not produced the goals he would have liked but has ended the season strongly.

18. Andi Weimann: Signed at a time when we were struggling for goals and Sean Dyche was chucking as many players at the side, hoping that some showed some quality, Weimann was gone almost as quickly as he came. That he saw regular game time at Villa having never set the world alight with us probably says more for how poor Villa are than anything else!

Hard work and pace, yes, but rarely looked like a goal-scorer.Too few games to mark.

chrisgwfc: 5/10 - No time to make an impact.

20. (1) Marvin Sordell: The onus of being the 'main man` at the beginning of the season, in a struggling side coming to terms with all the changes, Sordell struggled for goals too. Being honest, he never really helped himself either, his greed and failure to get his head up cost us goal-scoring chances on so many occasions.

Now don`t get me wrong, I`m not bitter he left and I`m not having a pop, but we really didn`t miss him. All that said, it`s a genuine disappointment to see one that has graduated from Vicarage Road struggle to make any impact having moved on and end up back in the same division so quickly. If nothing else though, you anticipate that he will see more game time in the second-tier with Bolton.7/10

chrisgwfc: 7/10 - Quite a frustrating player to watch. Has a bundle of natural ability and capable of scoring all sorts of goals but his lack of work rate can be frustrating. Watford certainly did better out of his move than he did.

20. (2) Marcello Trotta Forty five minutes constituted Marcello Trotta`s Watford career and having not seen his half against Southampton, I`m hard pushed to judge.

Arriving when we needed a boost, he played in a comfortable defeat, we found form immediately after, he returned to Fulham, story told.Too few games to mark

chrisgwfc: 5/10 - No time to make an impact.

25. Joe Garner: An interesting case; one of several players to not have ever truly found favour, Joe Garner has never looked like someone who can find double figures. That he never achieved that for Forest is probably an indicator that he is not an out-and-out scorer at this level. However, he recorded a 0.5 scoring rate for Scunthorpe last season, not bad in a poor side, and also did brilliantly for Carlisle. The ability is there, it`s just unlocking it.

If anything, Garner impressed most out wide toward the end of the campaign or when operating outside the area. Must do better.5/10

chrisgwfc: 6/10 - Much like Iwelumo in that his work rate has made up somewhat for a disappointing lack of goals. Does most of his best work outside the box but struggled to hold down a first team place.

26. Britt Assombalonga: One of few youngsters to get some games this season, Britt Assombalonga excelled out on loan and was rightly handed a few games toward the end of the season. As a forward though, he looks lightweight and you feel that his future lies as a winger unless he bulks up and gets a bit nasty.Too few games to mark.

27. Gavin Massey: Spent most the season being shunted around on loan with a few substitute appearances comprising his season.Too few games to mark.

37. Craig Beattie: Yet another striker brought in and dispensed with after failing to 'hit the heights`. A goal on his only start, Beattie is a targetman, something we had in Iwelumo.Too few games to mark.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, concludes the Vital Watford end of season review. Whether you agree or disagree, let us know by commenting below!

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Saturday May 19 2012
Time: 2:02PM

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