Championship club Watford FC, who just barely missed out on promotion last season are rumored to be interested in taking in Tottenham Hotspur youngster Tom Carroll on loan for the remainder of the season. The rumor has appeared in from multiple sources, but as far as we can tell it originated with Sky Sports News reporter Pete O'Rourke.
Watford are lining up a loan move for Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll. #THFC #watfordfc— Pete O'Rourke (@SkySportsPeteO) August 13, 2013
A loan to a Championship side isn't exactly what most Tottenham Hotspur fans had in mind for Carroll, but Watford are a team competing for promotion and they play some pretty nice football. In it's two matches in the Championship this season Watford has played a 3-5-2 formation with a center midfield consisting of defensive midfielder Iriney playing behind more the more creative Almen Abdi and Lewis McGugan.
McGugan is a new signing from Nottingham Forest, so he seems to be the most likely choice to be replaced by Carroll, given that Abdi plays a more advanced role. However, because he's a new signing and because he's been handed the number 10 shirt, I would imagine that Watford might be less inclined to replace him so early on. Carroll may be better off going to a club in which he would be guaranteed to start week in and week out.
As I mentioned, many probably would have hoped for a Premier League loan for Carroll, but a spell at Watford probably wouldn't hurt. If you want an example of the good it could do, then look no further than Chelsea midfielder Nathan Chalobah. Chalobah was one of the best players in the Championship last season and now could be an important player for Chelsea. If Carroll can go and play similarly well, then it could bode quite well for his career.
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