Watford sign Kiko Femenia: Get the lowdown on Watford's third summer signing
(Photo - Alaves)
Watford have completed their third signing of the summer transfer window, with Alaves full-back Kiko Femenia moving to Vicarage Road.
The Spaniard, who can also play as a winger, has penned a four-year contract with the Golden Boys and is the Hornets' third new addition, joining Will Hughes and goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann at Vicarage Road.
Femenia was a key player for Alaves last season and made 31 appearances, as they secured a ninth-place finish in La Liga under new Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino's stewardship.
The season beforehand, Femenia helped Alaves secure promotion to La Liga as champions of the Segunda Division. He made 77 appearances in all competitions during two seasons with the Spanish club, scoring five times.
Femenia came through the ranks at Hercules and has also turned out for Barcelona and Real Madrid's B teams. Prior to his move to Alaves, Femenia spent a year with Alcorcon in the Segunda Division and he has also been capped up to U20 level by Spain.
To get the lowdown on Kiko Femenia, I spoke to Alaves fan Iker (Twitter - @GTworld02F1) to find out more about the Hornets' new signing. Here's what he said:
What sort of player is Kiko Femenia?
"He is a right back and is really fast. He was a right winger last year in the Segunda Division but our right back got injured and he then started to play there. That's why he is so attacking but he can deal with all opponents really well, although he is primarily an attacker. He had to play against Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Yannick Carrasco last season and did really well. He will definitely be a success in the Premier League."
How important was he for Alaves last season?
"He was really important. He played all the matches except the ones which were less important because of the Copa Del Rey. He did not attack as much as he can because Mauricio Pellegrino wanted a defensive team
but he can."
What are his main strengths?
"His main strengths are his speed and his dribbling as I've said, but I'd also add his tactical intelligence too. He knows where he has to be at every moment and his crosses are quite useful. The other full-back we had was Theo Hernandez and it was difficult to score from his crosses sometimes, but Femenia did well."
Are there any areas of his game that he needs to work on?
"He has to work on general defence concepts because as I said earlier, this has been his first year as a defender. He could also become more confident in himself and attack more but I suppose with Watford he will probably be able to attack much more."
Thanks ever so much to Iker for answering my questions. You can follow him on Twitter on @GTWorld02F1!
In the meantime, welcome to Watford, Kiko!