Dennis: Soaring High in Watford’s Skies

Emmanuel Dennis, the Super Eagles forward, seems to have taken inspiration from the words of Madonna, who famously said, “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change and become a better version of yourself.”

Since his move from Istanbul Basaksehir to Watford following a challenging loan stint in Turkey last January, Dennis has experienced a resurgence in England.

Currently on loan at the Championship club from his parent club Nottingham Forest, Dennis has rediscovered his scoring touch after a tough start to the season.

Initially joining Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir in September 2023, Dennis’ loan was terminated by Forest in January after making just eight appearances without any goal involvement.

Upon his return to Watford, the Nigerian attacker has scored four goals in six starts and appears to be relishing his football again with the EFL Championship side.

Although often coming off the bench since his return to Vicarage Road, Dennis scored his first goal in Watford’s 2-1 home loss to Leicester City. In his first start for the club, he found the net again in a 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield.

Dennis has become an integral part of the team, starting each of their last six games and scoring four goals despite completing the full 90 minutes only twice.

During his initial spell with Watford, the 26-year-old equaled Troy Deeney’s record by scoring in three consecutive Premier League games for the club.

Against Swansea, Dennis could have made history as the second Watford player to score in three consecutive home games after Mileta Rajovic but was denied by an impressive Carl Rushworth.

His recent impressive performances have earned him praise from Watford’s interim manager, Tom Cleverly, who commended his explosive burst and goal-scoring ability.

Dennis will aim to continue his rich vein of form when Watford faces Preston at home in their next EFL Championship game on Saturday.


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