Should Watford sell Luis Javier Suárez Charris?

Idowu Oluwashola
By Idowu Oluwashola
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An Italian family named Pozzo owned three European clubs which were Udinese, Watford, and Granada. And Luis Javier Suárez Charris has been part of much growing City-group-esque sister club deal.

Suarez joined Granada from Leones on loan in January 2016.

While in July 2017, after Pozzo sold Granada to Chinese business men, Suárez federate rights assigned to Watford and was immediately loaned to Real Valladolid B on a season long loan deal in the third division for 2017/2018 season.

Afterwards, he went on another season-long spell with Gimnàstic in 2018/2019. While he opted to spend the 2019/20 campaign with Spanish giants Real Zaragoza, even though he had other offers he would have considered but he chose to sign a loan deal for Real Zaragoza who have been struggling to return to LaLiga after seven years outside the top flight.


“Watford wanted a different club but my agent and I chose Zaragoza, it’s a place where I felt I could have a good year,” Suárez explained. “I had a good range of options, more than six clubs were interested, but I chose Zaragoza for the beautiful project that the manager, Víctor (Fernández), told me.

“I also wanted the pressure, a club where the only objective is promotion. It’s why I feel I made the best choice this summer, without a doubt.”

As early as in his first 9 matches for Zaragoza this season, Suárez announced himself to the fans and Spanish media in an impressive fashion by scoring an incredibly 7 goals, which was half of Zaragoza’s total league goals as at that time.


According to Madrid based Spanish football correspondent Max Bluer: What’s clear is Suárez has transferable skills. He is not blisteringly quick but has a burst of acceleration that enables him to escape from defenders. He is a confident finisher with either foot, he has five with his right and three with his left this term and standing at 6ft 1in, he has a physical presence in the penalty area.

“He is also prepared to defend from the front, something vital in the modern game.

“His standout feature is his physical intensity – the guy just does not stop running,” Bluer explains. “He presses defenders for 90 minutes, is constantly making runs in behind, and tracks back. It’s made him a real fans’ favourite at Zaragoza.

“He’s very two-footed and his finishing once through on goal is unerring. He’s played well alongside a big target man this year but I think he could thrive playing up front on his own for a team that looks to play out from the back.”


Before the league was suspended due to the pandemic crisis, Suarez has netted 17 goals and provided 3 assists for his teammates in total of 30 appearances in all competitions for Real Zaragoza.

Early this year, he eventually qualified and obtained a dual citizenship which saw him been given a Spanish passport, which will serve as a work permit to eventually play in the Premier league for his parent club Watford, who are in desperate need of a goalscorer as their centre forwards like Troy Deeney, Isaac Success, Andre Gray and Danny Welbeck haven’t been able to score enough goals to help Watford this season.

This season, both Watford’s top scorers Troy Deeney and Ismail Sarr have only managed to score six goals each, which is no where near Suarez’s 17 goals in as many as 30 appearances in all competitions.


According to some sources close to Suarez, it was revealed that the striker has been told he is part of the Hornets’ future plans and that the club intends to negotiate with him about a contract extension.

Though Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Lazio are currently showing an interest in signing him, but with Watford’s obvious lack of a consistent goal scoring forward like Suarez, it would be a surprise if Watford decides to sell the 22-year-old Colombian International striker, has his goal per game ratio and potential makes him the kind of forward who would have given Watford a boost this season, if he had obtained his work permit earlier.

His tremendous goal scoring form which enthralled clubs across Europe for his signature would undoubtedly be a major boost in Watford’s attack next season, if the club decides against selling him off or sending him back on-loan once again.

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