4.5 long balls – Watford shouldn’t think twice about landing this Spanish ace in the summer and here’s why

Watford opinion: Should Watford sign Joan Jordan in the summer?

Watford have exceeded the expectations of many as they are level on points with 7th-placed Wolves. Javi Gracia’s side look to be a very balanced outfit this term unlike last campaign when they finished in the bottom half.

Talisman Troy Deeney has been in top form and so is big money signing Gerard Deulofeu. Roberto Pereyra, who has been deployed in a wider role, has also been among the goals, having found the net 6 times so far.

If anything, Javi Gracia’s team are short of just one midfielder who can do it all and Eibar’s Joan Jordan is a brilliant option.

With Etienne Capoue in his 30’s and Tom Cleverly being highly inconsistent, Watford need a safe presence in central midfield and Joan Jordan would be just that.

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A versatile midfielder capable of playing anywhere in the middle, Jordan has been having a tremendous season so far for Eibar in the La Liga. The 24-year old has scored and assisted 7 goals so far this season in all competitions and has regularly impressed in the Spanish top-flight.

Although his main strength is with the ball, Jordan isn’t the one to shy away from defensive duties and always helps out the defence with his work rate.

His offensive skills make him a joy to watch. He possesses quick feet and is an intelligent customer who rarely makes bad decisions. Jordan’s technical ability is brilliant like any other promising Spaniard and he uses his ability to switch the play with ease.

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Jordan’s use of space with or without the ball has been very impressive and he also has a solid shot in him as proven on multiple occasions by having pops at goal from distance.

Jordan has thrived in the high press system of Jose Luis Mendilibar and being used to the high intensity, he won’t find it hard to adjust in the Premier League.

The Spaniard averages 1.6 tackles per game, which is a brilliant figure for an attack-minded midfielder, and he will only improve as he gets more experience.

Jordan also averages 1.7 shots at goal and 1.9 key passes per game so far this season with a stunning 4.5 long balls per 90 minutes. (WhoScored)

Conclusion

Watford would be making a smart move if they were to sign Joan Jordan, a proven player who does his job perfectly. His ability to occupy and create space in the final third will be of massive importance, especially with the likes of Pereyra and Deulofeu making dangerous runs either side of him.

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Jordan will thrive in Javi Gracia’s system and would improve massively under his fellow countryman. A move to the Premier League will only be a positive for the 24-year-old and Watford could prove to be a stepping stone for him before he moves on to achieve greater things in his career.

Written by Shamanth Jayaram

24-year old Electrical engineer turned football writer, born and brought up in Bangalore.

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