Watford have refused to comment on whether youngster Panos Armenakas will be staying at the club or if he has signed with Udinese

Picture: Holly Cant

Picture: Holly Cant

First published in Sport Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

Watford have refused to comment on whether talented youngster Panos Armenakas will be staying at the club or if he has signed with Udinese – despite the Hornets announcing he had joined on a scholarship last month.

Armenakas was listed by the Golden Boys in the Ipswich Town programme on April 19 as joining the scholarship programme next season.

However, the 16-year-old replied to a message on Twitter, congratulating him on the news, with “don’t believe everything you hear” last Thursday.

It is believed the player has agreed a professional contract with fellow Pozzo-owed club Udinese.

Armenakas, who has Greek and American heritage, was tipped as a huge prospect growing up in his native Australia and was said to have been offered trials at several teams, including Barcelona, AC Milan and Manchester United.

He joined Watford’s academy in late 2012, with technical director Gian Luca Nani claiming he had signed with the Golden Boys despite interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

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7:05am Fri 9 May 14

VOReason says...

Get us promoted nani and we will be bigger than udinese ... But do it soon!

I know this story will cause a stir but I have no real issue ... It was rumoured in first season that they were taking Murray ... Pozzos want what's best for Watford even if they made a pig's ear of it this year ...

They must have made a big loss out of us so far, despite what our book might say, they paid loanees wages last year, bought club, paid off lnoc!

I have full trust ...
Get us promoted nani and we will be bigger than udinese ... But do it soon! I know this story will cause a stir but I have no real issue ... It was rumoured in first season that they were taking Murray ... Pozzos want what's best for Watford even if they made a pig's ear of it this year ... They must have made a big loss out of us so far, despite what our book might say, they paid loanees wages last year, bought club, paid off lnoc! I have full trust ... VOReason
  • Score: 20

7:34am Fri 9 May 14

jimbowfc says...

I too have no problem with this, as he will still be within the "Pozzo" family and he could quite easily end up back at WFC when we establish ourselves in the "Premiership", as as the previous poster says we will be bigger than Udinese when that happens.
Furthermore I see the move as just being a way of keeping out of the clutches of bigger clubs than we currently are in this country.
I too have no problem with this, as he will still be within the "Pozzo" family and he could quite easily end up back at WFC when we establish ourselves in the "Premiership", as as the previous poster says we will be bigger than Udinese when that happens. Furthermore I see the move as just being a way of keeping out of the clutches of bigger clubs than we currently are in this country. jimbowfc
  • Score: 12

7:37am Fri 9 May 14

jimbowfc says...

I too have no problem with this, as he will still be within the "Pozzo" family and he could quite easily end up back at WFC on loan initially and possibly permanently when we establish ourselves in the "Premiership", because as the previous poster says we will be bigger than Udinese when that happens.
Furthermore I see the move as just being a way of keeping out of the clutches of bigger clubs than we currently are in this country.
I too have no problem with this, as he will still be within the "Pozzo" family and he could quite easily end up back at WFC on loan initially and possibly permanently when we establish ourselves in the "Premiership", because as the previous poster says we will be bigger than Udinese when that happens. Furthermore I see the move as just being a way of keeping out of the clutches of bigger clubs than we currently are in this country. jimbowfc
  • Score: 0

7:46am Fri 9 May 14

DuffmanWFC says...

What's important is this lads future, if he goes to Italy then great and good luck to him - it'll be an amaizing experience!
Udin/Watford same thing really - what's important is the lads training and development. if he is better off long term by going to Italy for a few years first then so be it! He'll be back in a few years better for it!
How many times have we heard that we have the next best thing for it to only end in disappointment! Anyway I think we owe Udin a stab at this young man first due to the players we've had from them
What's important is this lads future, if he goes to Italy then great and good luck to him - it'll be an amaizing experience! Udin/Watford same thing really - what's important is the lads training and development. if he is better off long term by going to Italy for a few years first then so be it! He'll be back in a few years better for it! How many times have we heard that we have the next best thing for it to only end in disappointment! Anyway I think we owe Udin a stab at this young man first due to the players we've had from them DuffmanWFC
  • Score: 8

7:46am Fri 9 May 14

mkhornet says...

I think this is healthy, I understand that a lot of Udinese fans were getting "hacked off" with so many players coming this way (apparently they were particularly upset with Angella leaving), so it's only fair that it's not a one way relationship (we'd be angry if it was the other way around). This can only improve the player and broaden his experience which could benefit us if we get into the Premier league and he returns. I wish him luck.
I think this is healthy, I understand that a lot of Udinese fans were getting "hacked off" with so many players coming this way (apparently they were particularly upset with Angella leaving), so it's only fair that it's not a one way relationship (we'd be angry if it was the other way around). This can only improve the player and broaden his experience which could benefit us if we get into the Premier league and he returns. I wish him luck. mkhornet
  • Score: 11

7:58am Fri 9 May 14

rayman01 says...

One or two of our 'British Isles' players going to Italy is really good. Much better than elite EPL clubs upsetting league and conference with meaningless 'B' teams. Not thinking of developing young players really just consolidating their power at expense of grass roots football. Luv the Pozzos and Horns!
One or two of our 'British Isles' players going to Italy is really good. Much better than elite EPL clubs upsetting league and conference with meaningless 'B' teams. Not thinking of developing young players really just consolidating their power at expense of grass roots football. Luv the Pozzos and Horns! rayman01
  • Score: 11

8:33am Fri 9 May 14

mellow yellow says...

Agreed. This is what the plan is all about. Mutual benefit. Some players we have will be more suited to the Italian style, and vice versa. You 'orns!
Agreed. This is what the plan is all about. Mutual benefit. Some players we have will be more suited to the Italian style, and vice versa. You 'orns! mellow yellow
  • Score: 9

9:01am Fri 9 May 14

Banjo says...

I'm going to moan about this, but hey, let's face it, if I'm on here I'm going to moan about pretty much anything.
and that's all I have to say about it.
I'm going to moan about this, but hey, let's face it, if I'm on here I'm going to moan about pretty much anything. and that's all I have to say about it. Banjo
  • Score: 1

9:08am Fri 9 May 14

garston tony says...

I agree this is what we should expect to happen to any of our players, that or be sold on when the price is right.

Is the fact the club are refusing to comment because possibly they fear a supporter backlash? If so i'd say some supporters may not understand whats what at the club since the Pozzo's bought it
I agree this is what we should expect to happen to any of our players, that or be sold on when the price is right. Is the fact the club are refusing to comment because possibly they fear a supporter backlash? If so i'd say some supporters may not understand whats what at the club since the Pozzo's bought it garston tony
  • Score: 9

9:13am Fri 9 May 14

Travelling Hornet says...

What about the possibility of the player wanting a move , and the club not happy with it.
What about the possibility of the player wanting a move , and the club not happy with it. Travelling Hornet
  • Score: 0

10:19am Fri 9 May 14

willia6692 says...

We.ve been given so many that its quite nice being able to send them some. Thanks for Abdi, Angella, Vydra, Battochio.
We.ve been given so many that its quite nice being able to send them some. Thanks for Abdi, Angella, Vydra, Battochio. willia6692
  • Score: 7

10:26am Fri 9 May 14

Poppet Bear says...

Can't see a problem with this, it's not all one way, is it ?
Can't see a problem with this, it's not all one way, is it ? Poppet Bear
  • Score: 6

10:49am Fri 9 May 14

reggieb says...

Perhaps he wants to develop by playing against the best Inter, AC Milan, Chievo, all Serie A teams have to offer, and not Crawley, Dagenham, Northampton etc. Kids want to better themselves by playing at the best levels, is that why Ogo Obi hasn’t signed? Where will you learn and progress most?
Perhaps he wants to develop by playing against the best Inter, AC Milan, Chievo, all Serie A teams have to offer, and not Crawley, Dagenham, Northampton etc. Kids want to better themselves by playing at the best levels, is that why Ogo Obi hasn’t signed? Where will you learn and progress most? reggieb
  • Score: 5

11:04am Fri 9 May 14

Meadey39 says...

I just hope we are allowed to develop our youngsters, and if they become really good, let them make an impact with us first, not moved on before any first team action.
I just hope we are allowed to develop our youngsters, and if they become really good, let them make an impact with us first, not moved on before any first team action. Meadey39
  • Score: 0

12:10pm Fri 9 May 14

mellow yellow says...

Meadey39 wrote:
I just hope we are allowed to develop our youngsters, and if they become really good, let them make an impact with us first, not moved on before any first team action.
But you were happy to take the young Matej Vydra, and the classy Mid 20s Angella from them, I take it? It works both ways, and thus follows that we can be attractive to some young players (and their parents) BECAUSE we have links to serie a and la liga, not despite it. The concept of who the youngsters actually belong to is simply not a Watford concept but a Watford/Udinese/Gran
ada philosophy. It's great in principle, and should work well if managed correctly.
[quote][p][bold]Meadey39[/bold] wrote: I just hope we are allowed to develop our youngsters, and if they become really good, let them make an impact with us first, not moved on before any first team action.[/p][/quote]But you were happy to take the young Matej Vydra, and the classy Mid 20s Angella from them, I take it? It works both ways, and thus follows that we can be attractive to some young players (and their parents) BECAUSE we have links to serie a and la liga, not despite it. The concept of who the youngsters actually belong to is simply not a Watford concept but a Watford/Udinese/Gran ada philosophy. It's great in principle, and should work well if managed correctly. mellow yellow
  • Score: 9

12:55pm Fri 9 May 14

strummerjoe says...

Watford Observer comments sensible and measured shocker!
Watford Observer comments sensible and measured shocker! strummerjoe
  • Score: 9

1:13am Sat 10 May 14

Mark-H says...

strummerjoe wrote:
Watford Observer comments sensible and measured shocker!
+1. I'm going to have to revisit this thread tomorrow. April Fools' was over a month ago!
[quote][p][bold]strummerjoe[/bold] wrote: Watford Observer comments sensible and measured shocker![/p][/quote]+1. I'm going to have to revisit this thread tomorrow. April Fools' was over a month ago! Mark-H
  • Score: 0

5:42pm Sun 11 May 14

PozzoHornet says...

The way I see it, our links abroad are comparable to universities that have links to top colleges in America or Australia. It simply increases the attractiveness of our football club to potential youth players and their parents.
The way I see it, our links abroad are comparable to universities that have links to top colleges in America or Australia. It simply increases the attractiveness of our football club to potential youth players and their parents. PozzoHornet
  • Score: 0

11:46am Mon 12 May 14

1987Hornet says...

jimbowfc wrote:
I too have no problem with this, as he will still be within the "Pozzo" family and he could quite easily end up back at WFC when we establish ourselves in the "Premiership", as as the previous poster says we will be bigger than Udinese when that happens.
Furthermore I see the move as just being a way of keeping out of the clutches of bigger clubs than we currently are in this country.
" " should have been placed on family not Pozzo, right?
[quote][p][bold]jimbowfc[/bold] wrote: I too have no problem with this, as he will still be within the "Pozzo" family and he could quite easily end up back at WFC when we establish ourselves in the "Premiership", as as the previous poster says we will be bigger than Udinese when that happens. Furthermore I see the move as just being a way of keeping out of the clutches of bigger clubs than we currently are in this country.[/p][/quote]" " should have been placed on family not Pozzo, right? 1987Hornet
  • Score: 0

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