Number 23 - Ben Watson

Number 23 - Ben Watson

Ben Watson joined Watford FC in January 2015 from Wigan Athletic, on a deal until the end of the 2014/15 season. Watson was then handed an improved two-year-deal by Watford at the end of the season, with the Hornet's having an option of a third year, after impressing during his first few months at the club. The midfielder is well known for scoring the winning goal for Wigan in the 2013 FA Cup final against Manchester City, which sealed the Latic's first FA Cup triumph. Watson started his career at Crystal Palace, making his professional debut against the Hornets, before going onto make 188 appearances in 6-and-a-half years at the Eagles, scoring 20 goals. In January 2009, he joined Wigan Athletic for a fee believed to be in the region of £2 million pounds. He made 10 appearances in his first 6 months with the Latic's, before being loaned out to QPR and West Bromwich Albion in the Championship for the majority of the 2009/10 season. He went on to be a fixture in Wigan's match-day squad after returning from his loan spells in the summer of 2010 and after his goal in the FA Cup final against Manchester City, Watson became something of a cult hero. After six years at the DW Stadium, the midfielder made 123 appearances for the Latic's scoring 20 goals. Watson decided to leave Wigan in January 2015 and he joined the Hornets on a deal until the end of the season. He made his Watford debut days after signing, coming on at half time against Blackpool on the 24th January 2015, a match which the Hornet's won 7-2. From then on, Watson started all of the remaining fixtures during the second half of the 2014/15 season,  representing the Golden Boy's 20 times. He scored his first goal for the Hornets during the 1-2 defeat to Manchester City in January 2016, scoring directly from a corner. The midfielder went on to make 40 appearances for the Golden Boys during the 2015/16 season, scoring twice, helping Watford secure a 13th place finish in the Premier League.