Watford opinion: Watford should hold onto Dodi Lukebakio
According to a report from German media outlet Kicker, Watford loanee Dodi Lukebakio is looking likely to leave the club after impressing for Fortuna Dusseldorf last season.
Like many young players, Lukebakio has got an opportunity to impress in the Bundesliga, with opportunities in the Premier League hard to come by due to competition for places in the Premier League.
Lukebakio had a fantastic 2018/19 season, where he scored 14 goals and 5 assists predominantly from the right-wing. Lukebakio loves cutting in on his left-foot and looking to either find a pass or make an angle to take a shot.
With inside forwards becoming more common since the turn of the century, the 21-year-old Belgian is next in line and the Bundesliga teams have taken notice.
He particularly made his name after scoring a hat-trick against German champions Bayern Munich. Watford would be making a massive mistake by selling him.
Watford can currently play Gerard Deulofeu on the right-wing, who had a fine finish to his season.
Deulofeu can also play on the other wing and with Lukebakio on the other flank, Watford would be having quite a frightening attack. They also have Will Hughes playing on that wing but he’s most suited to a central role.
Watford were on the road to having one of their finest seasons in a long time but had a bit of a train wreck towards the end of the season. They had a fantastic pathway to the FA Cup final, with a remarkable comeback in the semi-finals against Wolves. However, their 6-0 loss to Manchester City took the gloss off of what would’ve been an incredible run.
They were also ever so close to a top-7 finish but tailed off right at the end and will be hoping that they can end the season a lot better next season.
Javi Gracia has done a fantastic job since coming over and the 11th place finish is the highest Watford have had since their promotion in recent years.
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Lukebakio would immediately add a lot of quality to Watford’s starting XI and if they don’t keep hold of him, they could end up regretting it in the years to come.