Venezuela youngster Adalberto Peñaranda is set to make his competitive debut for Premier League side Watford. The young striker has been granted a work permit which makes him eligible for selection in competitive matches in England.
Watford also confirmed on their official webpage that he has committed his long-term future to the Hornets by signing a new five-year contract. The 21-year-old striker will provide competition for Nigerian attackers Isaac Success and Stefano Okaka.
In December 2015, the Venezuelan broke one of Lionel Messi’s La Liga records. At age 18 years and 195 days he became the youngest foreign player to score a brace in La Liga. With the player’s eligibility for selection in competitive games, the competition for shirts in the starting lineup will increase.
Although Isaac Success has been involved in all the fourteen games played by Watford in all competitions so far this season and has started the last four Premier League matches. Okaka on the other hand has found first team opportunities limited, making only one appearance off the bench in the English topflight.
Watford acquired Peñaranda during 2016 winter transfer window some five months before the acquisition of Nigerian striker Isaac Success. The 21-year-old striker will be raring to go out in all fronts owing to his long wait for the opportunity.