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Watford Manager Extols Nigeria’s Emmanuel Dennis Impact

Emmanuel Dennis

December 04, (THEWILL) – Claudio Ranieri, the manager of Watford, has continued to extol Emmanuel Dennis’ talents, with his most recent remarks describing the Nigerian international as “not a normal man.”

After Dennis scored his sixth Premier League goal against Chelsea at Vicarage Road in midweek, Ranieri expressed his admiration for the forward, explaining that the 24-year-old’s ambition to be creative and decisive is constant.

And, before the Hornets’ crucial meeting against Manchester City at Vicarage Road on Saturday, the former Chelsea manager has expressed his love for Dennis’ style of play once more.

As THEWILL reported, the Super Eagles attacker was a low-key €4 million addition to Watford’s roster in the summer, but his ability to excel in the English top flight was uncertain.

And, after a lacklustre loan spell in the Bundesliga with Cologne last season and a bad conclusion to his time at Club Brugge, he was not anticipated to light up the Premier League so quickly.

Yet, Dennis has been outstanding since his arrival, scoring on his debut in a 3-2 defeat over Aston Villa. He has a total of six goals and five assists and is quickly establishing himself as a Hornets fan favourite.

The striker, who scored twice for Club Brugge against Real Madrid in the Champions League on October 1, 2019, has continued to demonstrate that it was no fluke in his time in the EPL.

As THEWILL reported, the 24-year-old wrote himself into the EPL history books recently when he scored against Leicester to become only the sixth player in Premier League history to reach both five goals and five assists in 12 or fewer games, after Eric Cantona (11), Jurgen Klinsmann (12), Arjen Robben (11), Andrey Arshavin (10) and Bruno Fernandes (9).

One of those pleased but not surprised about the Nigerian international’s swift adaptation to the demands of the EPL is Watford’s current manager Ranieri. He revealed this much when he said: “I’m not surprised because he is a very good player. He scored twice at the Bernabeu! Anyone who scores two at the Bernabeu is not a normal man.

“He has speed, intelligence, he is generous, and I like how he plays. He has to improve because he is young, but I have a very good relationship with him and all of my players.”

Troy Deeney, a former Watford hero, is also convinced of the 24-year-old’s capabilities and believes Dennis has the potential to become a legend if he remains at the club long enough.