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Comment: Watford should set sights on this midfield star who fits Rob Edwards’ recruitment profile perfectly

Watford boss Rob Edwards will be determined to make his mark on the squad at Vicarage Road in his first transfer window in charge of the club.

The Hornets are yet to make their first addition of the window, but chairman Scott Duxbury has made it clear the kind of player Edwards intends on adding to his Watford squad.

He spoke with the Watford Observer stating the new boss wants “younger players with real athleticism”.

With that in mind, one player who fits that profile and could be a smart signing for Watford is Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson.

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At 22, Ferguson has cut his teeth in the Scottish Premiership and has shown he’s deserving of a chance at a higher level.

The Hamilton-born midfielder has time on his side to develop and refine his game, something that may well appeal to Edwards given his experience in working with and developing young talents.

Ferguson covers plenty of ground across the middle of the park (see SofaScore for his heatmap). He mainly operates as a central midfielder but can play as an attacking or defensive midfielder as well if needs be. The fact he only missed two games for Aberdeen last season proves he has the fitness to endure a gruelling Championship campaign as well, playing a total of 3,926 minutes last season (Transfermarkt).

He chips in going forward, netting 16 times in 45 games last season. His passing stats are impressive too, averaging an 82% success rate across the 2021/22 campaign and 76.9 touches per game.

Ferguson also averages a hefty 8.1 total duels won per game (SofaScore), showing just how well-rounded his game is in midfield.

One for Watford to target?

Ferguson’s well-rounded skillset has the potential to take him to the very top of the game. Watford could be a smart next step though, as a move would see him join a club looking to fight at the top of the Championship and return to the Premier League.

Reports have claimed he is valued at £3m amid interest from Millwall, making him an affordable option too.

He looks like a player that fits Edwards’ recruitment profile and wouldn’t break the bank either, making him one Watford should have their eye on this summer.

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