Watford Is fast becoming home to Nigerians after they announced the signing of Nigeria’s winger, Samuel Kalu from Bordeaux on a 3-year deal.
The 24-year-old signs for the Hornets following three-and-a-half successful years in France’s top tier, where he scored nine goals.
Capable of playing on either flank, Kalu is a versatile option in a competitive squad, typically operating on the right-wing.
The quick-footed attacker first played for Slovakian side AS Trenčín after moving to Europe from his native Nigeria and earned a switch to Belgian giants KAA Gent in 2017 following impressive performances. He then joined Bordeaux in August 2018, where he has since made 86 appearances for Les Girondins.
“Watford FC is delighted to announce the signing of Nigerian international winger Samuel Kalu on a deal until June 2025 from French club FC Girondins de Bordeaux,” reads the club’s statement.
Samuel Kalu is the fifth Nigeria player in the Watford team with two others on-loan bringing the total of Nigerian players in the club to seven.
Meanwhile, in his first press conference, Samuel Kalu expressed his joy to have signed for the Hornets.
The Nigerian who had his first training session with the team on Thursday morning while speaking to the club’s media likened his playing style to that of Eden Hazard while also expressing his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I watched and followed Eden Hazard lots because I play like him. I also watched Cristiano Ronaldo, I admired them, they helped me grow,” he said.
Talking about his Nigerian brothers, he said:
“I knew Dennis, I play together with Ekong and Etebo in the national team, so with these players I know they will help me settle down.
“I saw Dennis and Etebo today and they are happy to see me.”
And regarding his target for the club, he said:
“I want to help the club achieve big things, I know there is a lot to do and I will give my best,” he said.