Early on in this transfer window, Aberdeen rejected a transfer request from Lewis Ferguson which was destined to see him ultimately winding up at Watford. With less than 48 hours remaining for the Hornets to make a move, it appears as if the transfer which has been talked about for over three months might finally occur.
New Arrival and Manager’s Words Suggest Departure Is in the Cards
The Scottish side recently signed 21-year-old midfielder Matty Longstaff from Newcastle United on loan. This means that if the right offer comes in for Ferguson, then Aberdeen can afford to let him go.
As per the Daily Record, Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass, who was vocal against a potential Ferguson transfer when Watford were offering £2 million for his signature in May, admitted, “The reality is some players might need to go out the way, whether that’s on loan or a permanent deal. Others are in demand as well so there’s a long time between now and Tuesday. I think there will be some movement in and out.”
With Ferguson clearly itching for a move away at the start of the transfer window, there is no reason to suspect he is suddenly desperate to stay. Especially after being dispatched from the UEFA Europa Conference League in the final play-off round to Qarabag FK, it is not as if European football is on offer with Aberdeen anymore. A Premier League move for the 22-year-old could be too hard to turn down.
Supporter Group Claims Watford Have Put in New Bid
According to “The Famous Aberdeen” on Twitter, the Hornets have put in an improved offer for Ferguson as time ticks away in this transfer window. They believe “it’ll just be a matter of time at this point until he’s away.” Of course, it is just a simple tweet, but the stars are more than aligning for these rumours to be proven true.
Room for Ferguson at Watford
Especially with Domingos Quina potentially departing Vicarage Road before the closing of the transfer window, the Hornets need to sign a creative-minded attacking-midfielder. Ferguson, who scored 10 goals across all competitions last season and four times in UEFA Europa Conference League qualifiers, would provide just that.
As per Transfermarkt, in 150 career senior appearances, he has scored 25 times and provided 29 assists (keeping in mind this website credits “penalties won” as assists too). This comes to an impressive rate of one goal contribution per 245 minutes.
In the Hornets’ defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, the need for such a midfielder was evident. Even though Peter Etebo, Juraj Kucka, and Moussa Sissoko defended robustly and performed well for most of the match, that extra creative edge from the center of the park was absent. Ferguson could very well prove to be the man to provide just that, as he already has been doing for years in Scotland.