“Three Top Players For Watford”

Watford technical director Filippo Giraldi believes the club have two of the most exciting talents in world football learning their trade in La Liga.

Teenage forward Ally Malle, who the club signed last year, is only 18-years-old yet the left-footed Mali youth international has started the last four games for Granada.

Adalberto Penaranda is also back in Spain and recently started Malaga's game against Real Madrid.

"Ally Malle is a bit of a wonder boy," said Giraldi. "He was born in '98 yet is in the first team at Granada in La Liga.

"He's a very good prospect. He can be a special talent but he needs to work and grow. He is a top talent, for sure."

Adalberto Penaranda in action for Venezuela

Penaranda was signed 12 months ago and has been on loan at Granada, Udinese and now Malaga for the rest of the season as the club work towards the process of securing a work permit so he can join the Premier League squad. 

"I am excited with Penaranda," said Giraldi. "He's a regular with the Venezuela national team now so it's hopefully just a matter of time [before we get a work permit].

"He's potentially very, very good but it's about how he can manage the step from being very promising and being a top talent. He's a special talent, no question."

Isaac Success also cut his teeth in Spain before moving across to Vicarage Road last summer.

"Isaac is a step ahead because he's more physically ready," said Giraldi. "I hope he can be injury free as then we can see his full potential. But Isaac, Malle and Penaranda can be three top players for Watford." 

Learn more from Hornets’ Technical Director Filippo Giraldi in a feature-length interview with Kevin Affleck, coming soon here at watfordfc.com

First Team 14/02/2017

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