Nigerian forward Emmanuel Dennis is on the verge of making a return to English Championship side Watford, reportedly inking a six-month deal. Dennis previously played for Watford three seasons ago after a successful stint with Club Brugge. During his time at Watford, he showcased his goal-scoring prowess, registering ten goals and six assists in 37 appearances across all competitions. Despite his individual contributions, Watford faced relegation at the end of that season.
Following Watford's relegation, Dennis moved to Nottingham Forest in a deal worth €14.8 million. However, his tenure at Forest was less productive, with limited starting opportunities and most appearances coming off the bench. Over 25 games, he managed to score just two goals and provide two assists. Subsequently, Nottingham Forest loaned him to Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir for the entire season, but his struggles continued, making only eight appearances in all competitions.
In the latest development, Fabrizio Romano reports that Dennis has completed a medical and is set to rejoin Watford, indicating a significant pay cut by accepting a 70% reduction to facilitate the move. The deal is structured as a six-month loan, with no obligation for Watford to make the move permanent. This move offers Dennis an opportunity to revive his career and potentially contribute to Watford's push for promotion to the Premier League.
Watford, currently positioned 9th in the Championship, sees the return of Dennis as a boost to their attacking options. Coach Ismael Valerien will be hoping that Dennis can replicate his form from two seasons ago when he played a crucial role in Watford's attack. The six-month loan period provides both Dennis and Watford with a chance to assess their compatibility and evaluate the possibility of a more extended partnership beyond the loan deal.