watford, Opinion: Watford should be among clubs eyeing out-of-contract Sheffield United man

Opinion: Watford should be among clubs eyeing out-of-contract Sheffield United man

Watford are heading into an important summer transfer window and it seems highly likely that a new left-back is on their shopping list.

Watford will be entering this summer under the permanent lead of Tom Cleverley. He performed well in his time as caretaker boss, but the rookie manager faces a new challenge this summer.

He’ll be embarking on his first transfer window at the reins and recruitment will be of paramount importance if they’re to push back up the Championship table after a difficult 2023/24 campaign.

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New signings are needed across the squad but one position of focus will be left-back/wing-back.

Jamal Lewis’ loan is coming to an end, leaving just youngster James Norris as a natural option there. With that in mind, one player’s situation that should pique the interests of Watford is Max Lowe.

On Championship radars

Lowe sees his contract with relegated Sheffield United expire this summer and while it remains to be seen if he ends up staying at Bramall Lane, there are reportedly Championship clubs showing an interest in his situation.

The 27-year-old has played second-tier football with Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest and Derby County over the years while also getting top-flight experience with the Blades.

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As such, it’s not a surprise that Lowe is on Championship radars. Watford, with their shortage of left-sided defenders in mind, should be among those pursuing the South Normanton-born ace.

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He will be a shrewd signing for any second-tier side in the market for a left-back as a free agent, so the Hornets should be looking to add him to their ranks.

A good fit

Lowe is capable of playing in a range of positions that would fit Cleverley’s system. Left-back is his most natural role but his attacking instincts are on show when played in a more advanced role as a wing-back too.

He is also capable of operating as the left-sided centre-back in a back three too though, so he’d offer Watford some tactical flexibility and valuable versatility.

Lowe is a good age at 27 and after a stop-start season, he’ll be determined to kick on at his next club.

He has had injury problems that have limited his game time but as a free agent, Lowe will be a low-risk, affordable signing. If kept fit, he could become a real asset for Watford or whoever he joins this summer.

If he is to move on from Sheffield United, Lowe will not be short of options.

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