Matthew Mesiano discusses if Daniel Tozser can join the likes of Matej Vydra, Tom Cleverley and Ben Foster as a Watford fans' favourite loanee

Watford Observer: Could Daniel Tozser become the latest loanee to become a fan's favourite at Watford? Picture: Dave Peters Could Daniel Tozser become the latest loanee to become a fan's favourite at Watford? Picture: Dave Peters

This transfer window Watford put the call out, SOS. Save our season.

Up stepped Daniel Tozser.

The Hungarian international and expert dead ball specialist joined last week and has two years worth of Champions League experience.

So when he stepped on to the pitch at the Vic on Sunday expectations were high. But boy did he deliver.

Tozser is no Andreas Iniesta, however, he is the exact type of midfielder Watford need.

The way he linked up with the squad against Brighton shows his quality and maybe, just maybe, with his influence we could make the playoffs (fingers and toes crossed).

Tozser could join a long list of influential loan signings that Watford have been able to capture over the years and this got me wondering who has been the best loan coup for the Golden Boys in recent seasons?

Obviously every fan will have their own opinion and personally I could probably come up with a list as long as an NBA players arm. But I’ll I will keep it to three.

The first is Matej Vydra. Boo, why are you bringing him up again? (Calm down, we’ll move on quickly.) The fact of the matter is Vydra deserves to be in this list because he had everything a top striker could ask for.

He could bring the ball down well, his speed left defenders in his wake and his shot seemed inch perfect.

He had an incredible season at Watford and scored 20 goals. While he didn’t manage to produce that moment of magic we were all hoping for in the Championship Play-off final, he did have a very big part in getting us there, which is credit in itself.

My next choice is Tom Cleverley. When Tom joined us initially he seemed to be another young’un from United who would maybe get a game or two before eventually being signed by Sheffield United or similar.

However, after a few games it became clear to most of us that this lad was different.

His touch on the ball was truly spectacular and he played with an experience that didn’t seem possible considering his tender age of 20.

In many ways Tom was the perfect midfielder he could pick a pass and had an eye for goal. It wasn’t a surprise that he eventually ended up winning Watford’s player of the season.

My third choice is tight. I could pick another outfielder like Nathaniel Chalobah, Adam Johnson, Henri Lansbury or Chris Eagles who all who impressed whilst on loan at the Horns.

But I’ve gone for a goalkeeper who has since gone on to keep goal for England.

Of course I am talking about Ben Foster, who liked it at Watford so much he stayed for a second season on loan.

Ben was part of the famously well-organized squad led by Aidy Boothroyd that won promotion to the Premier League in 2006.

I was very impressed when I saw him in goal for Watford and his Premier League qualities shone through instantly.

His aerial abilities were particularly on show and it wasn’t long before the Sir Alex recognized these talents and made him his number one at United.

Unfortunately for Ben it didn’t work out for him during that season and he slowly moved down the pecking order before being moved on.

But he has since recaptured his best form playing for the likes of Birmingham and West Brom.

So they’re my favourite loan signings, but as I said earlier I could have picked more. Who would you choose? Comment below.

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6:56pm Wed 5 Feb 14

strummerjoe says...

Adam Johnson, surely. Look how our season disintegrated when he went back.
Adam Johnson, surely. Look how our season disintegrated when he went back. strummerjoe
  • Score: 22

6:56pm Wed 5 Feb 14

MattB14 says...

1) Vydra
2) Adam Johnson
3) Ben Foster

In that order
1) Vydra 2) Adam Johnson 3) Ben Foster In that order MattB14
  • Score: 7

7:07pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Apsley Ralph says...

All strikers for me. In no particular order... Kerry Dixon, Mick Quinn & Steve Leo B*llock!
All strikers for me. In no particular order... Kerry Dixon, Mick Quinn & Steve Leo B*llock! Apsley Ralph
  • Score: -8

7:10pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Apsley Ralph says...

Daft debate anyway, only played one game. Probably be gone soon! Oh and I forgot Callum Davenport in best ever loanees!
Daft debate anyway, only played one game. Probably be gone soon! Oh and I forgot Callum Davenport in best ever loanees! Apsley Ralph
  • Score: -6

7:10pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Drewoneone says...

strummerjoe wrote:
Adam Johnson, surely. Look how our season disintegrated when he went back.
Completely agree strummerjoe. Johnson made such an impact in just 12 games, scoring 5 goals. His free kicks were deadly. I was so pleased he got into the England team. He needs managing properly though - look at his form now that Poyet has recognised his talent. Can't believe Di Canio treated him the way he did.
[quote][p][bold]strummerjoe[/bold] wrote: Adam Johnson, surely. Look how our season disintegrated when he went back.[/p][/quote]Completely agree strummerjoe. Johnson made such an impact in just 12 games, scoring 5 goals. His free kicks were deadly. I was so pleased he got into the England team. He needs managing properly though - look at his form now that Poyet has recognised his talent. Can't believe Di Canio treated him the way he did. Drewoneone
  • Score: 18

8:24pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Apsley Ralph says...

Apsley Ralph wrote:
All strikers for me. In no particular order... Kerry Dixon, Mick Quinn & Steve Leo B*llock!
-3??? Clearly lot of people on here too young to understand irony ( no NOT Iriney!)
[quote][p][bold]Apsley Ralph[/bold] wrote: All strikers for me. In no particular order... Kerry Dixon, Mick Quinn & Steve Leo B*llock![/p][/quote]-3??? Clearly lot of people on here too young to understand irony ( no NOT Iriney!) Apsley Ralph
  • Score: 3

10:31pm Wed 5 Feb 14

jimbowfc says...

Seems a little early to be suggesting how good he is, but hopefully if he keeps up with the way he started against Brighton, he may well fit the bill suggested?
Seems a little early to be suggesting how good he is, but hopefully if he keeps up with the way he started against Brighton, he may well fit the bill suggested? jimbowfc
  • Score: 3

11:16pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Chris the Vic says...

Lets put loads of pressure on the lad. There are only two maybe three players who I have seen playing at Watford in over 50 years who have made a huge difference to the team in their own right.

One, Adam Johnson, for reasons stated above.

Two Pat Rice who was able in a year and a half to turn a very poor Division 2 side (Championship) into an organised team that could and did compete with the best.

Three possibly was Dennis Bond who in his first stint created all the worthwhile moves in a team where nine outfielders sweated blood whilst Dennis barely broke into a trot.

People like Cliff Holton needed and combined with Dennis Uphill, Marlyn with Darius, Luther with Ross, Troy with Vydra, Cleverley with Lansbury all great players some on loan mostly permanent but all turned it on often.

As for debuts, that performance of Steve Sims at Colchester was something to behold, but Tozser did play well but the adulation is OTT but maybe Matthew is a would be Journalist in the true English style, Build them up to knock them down.
Lets put loads of pressure on the lad. There are only two maybe three players who I have seen playing at Watford in over 50 years who have made a huge difference to the team in their own right. One, Adam Johnson, for reasons stated above. Two Pat Rice who was able in a year and a half to turn a very poor Division 2 side (Championship) into an organised team that could and did compete with the best. Three possibly was Dennis Bond who in his first stint created all the worthwhile moves in a team where nine outfielders sweated blood whilst Dennis barely broke into a trot. People like Cliff Holton needed and combined with Dennis Uphill, Marlyn with Darius, Luther with Ross, Troy with Vydra, Cleverley with Lansbury all great players some on loan mostly permanent but all turned it on often. As for debuts, that performance of Steve Sims at Colchester was something to behold, but Tozser did play well but the adulation is OTT but maybe Matthew is a would be Journalist in the true English style, Build them up to knock them down. Chris the Vic
  • Score: 5

12:06am Thu 6 Feb 14

LifeLongHornet says...

Can't believe nobody has even mentioned Michael Kightly... He was unbelievably good for us! That being said I still wouldn't put him in my top 3, probably 4th though.
1. Cleverley
2. Foster
3. Johnson
Can't believe nobody has even mentioned Michael Kightly... He was unbelievably good for us! That being said I still wouldn't put him in my top 3, probably 4th though. 1. Cleverley 2. Foster 3. Johnson LifeLongHornet
  • Score: 3

4:43am Thu 6 Feb 14

demerit says...

Apsley Ralph wrote:
Daft debate anyway, only played one game. Probably be gone soon! Oh and I forgot Callum Davenport in best ever loanees!
Does anyone remember Charlie Woods? (!!!)
[quote][p][bold]Apsley Ralph[/bold] wrote: Daft debate anyway, only played one game. Probably be gone soon! Oh and I forgot Callum Davenport in best ever loanees![/p][/quote]Does anyone remember Charlie Woods? (!!!) demerit
  • Score: -1

6:45am Thu 6 Feb 14

mellow yellow says...

LifeLongHornet wrote:
Can't believe nobody has even mentioned Michael Kightly... He was unbelievably good for us! That being said I still wouldn't put him in my top 3, probably 4th though.
1. Cleverley
2. Foster
3. Johnson
Technically speaking Almen Abdi was our best loan signing...
[quote][p][bold]LifeLongHornet[/bold] wrote: Can't believe nobody has even mentioned Michael Kightly... He was unbelievably good for us! That being said I still wouldn't put him in my top 3, probably 4th though. 1. Cleverley 2. Foster 3. Johnson[/p][/quote]Technically speaking Almen Abdi was our best loan signing... mellow yellow
  • Score: 9

7:33am Thu 6 Feb 14

BigBadVirgil says...

I am confused? Why hasn't Collins John been mentioned?
I am confused? Why hasn't Collins John been mentioned? BigBadVirgil
  • Score: -1

8:32am Thu 6 Feb 14

Harry's Bar says...

Chris the Vic wrote:
Lets put loads of pressure on the lad. There are only two maybe three players who I have seen playing at Watford in over 50 years who have made a huge difference to the team in their own right.

One, Adam Johnson, for reasons stated above.

Two Pat Rice who was able in a year and a half to turn a very poor Division 2 side (Championship) into an organised team that could and did compete with the best.

Three possibly was Dennis Bond who in his first stint created all the worthwhile moves in a team where nine outfielders sweated blood whilst Dennis barely broke into a trot.

People like Cliff Holton needed and combined with Dennis Uphill, Marlyn with Darius, Luther with Ross, Troy with Vydra, Cleverley with Lansbury all great players some on loan mostly permanent but all turned it on often.

As for debuts, that performance of Steve Sims at Colchester was something to behold, but Tozser did play well but the adulation is OTT but maybe Matthew is a would be Journalist in the true English style, Build them up to knock them down.
Maybe best debut would have been a better vote with reference to Tozser, and his would be up there. I agree about Sims at Colchester though, a lesson in defending aerial balls into the box... get him back!
[quote][p][bold]Chris the Vic[/bold] wrote: Lets put loads of pressure on the lad. There are only two maybe three players who I have seen playing at Watford in over 50 years who have made a huge difference to the team in their own right. One, Adam Johnson, for reasons stated above. Two Pat Rice who was able in a year and a half to turn a very poor Division 2 side (Championship) into an organised team that could and did compete with the best. Three possibly was Dennis Bond who in his first stint created all the worthwhile moves in a team where nine outfielders sweated blood whilst Dennis barely broke into a trot. People like Cliff Holton needed and combined with Dennis Uphill, Marlyn with Darius, Luther with Ross, Troy with Vydra, Cleverley with Lansbury all great players some on loan mostly permanent but all turned it on often. As for debuts, that performance of Steve Sims at Colchester was something to behold, but Tozser did play well but the adulation is OTT but maybe Matthew is a would be Journalist in the true English style, Build them up to knock them down.[/p][/quote]Maybe best debut would have been a better vote with reference to Tozser, and his would be up there. I agree about Sims at Colchester though, a lesson in defending aerial balls into the box... get him back! Harry's Bar
  • Score: 2

10:55am Thu 6 Feb 14

Play-Off Pete says...

... my only concern is how the main article above - speaking of Vydra - states " ..because her had everything"???

There are a number of worthy candidates in my view - mostly already listed above. But nice to watch Premiership matches on a Saturday evening and be able to say "He played for us, on his way to the top".

No disrespect to all the others but Vydra for me put the icing on a very tasty cake: for a while we played the best football I have seen in over 50 years of watching the 'Orns.

Should we try and get him back? Or have the magic moments gone forever.
... my only concern is how the main article above - speaking of Vydra - states " ..because her had everything"??? There are a number of worthy candidates in my view - mostly already listed above. But nice to watch Premiership matches on a Saturday evening and be able to say "He played for us, on his way to the top". No disrespect to all the others but Vydra for me put the icing on a very tasty cake: for a while we played the best football I have seen in over 50 years of watching the 'Orns. Should we try and get him back? Or have the magic moments gone forever. Play-Off Pete
  • Score: 1

10:56am Thu 6 Feb 14

hornetcarp says...

helguson when we had him back on loan.

what about pennant? i can't remember whether he made much of an impression?

a strange one was andros townsend.....didn't get on the pitch much for us and looked rubbish when he did but in a short time has become an england star!!
helguson when we had him back on loan. what about pennant? i can't remember whether he made much of an impression? a strange one was andros townsend.....didn't get on the pitch much for us and looked rubbish when he did but in a short time has become an england star!! hornetcarp
  • Score: 1

11:44am Thu 6 Feb 14

Hornankey says...

Getting ahead of ourselves as always. Give us all a break. He's only played one game!
Getting ahead of ourselves as always. Give us all a break. He's only played one game! Hornankey
  • Score: 3

12:30pm Thu 6 Feb 14

MainStandShambles says...

demerit wrote:
Apsley Ralph wrote:
Daft debate anyway, only played one game. Probably be gone soon! Oh and I forgot Callum Davenport in best ever loanees!
Does anyone remember Charlie Woods? (!!!)
Yep, sure do demerit. A speedy, bow-legged little left winger wasn't he? He signed at the same time as Ron Wigg from Ipswich (a package deal was it?).

Charlie didn't score many goals but he had a busy little style similar to the great Stewart Scullion as i recall.
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Apsley Ralph[/bold] wrote: Daft debate anyway, only played one game. Probably be gone soon! Oh and I forgot Callum Davenport in best ever loanees![/p][/quote]Does anyone remember Charlie Woods? (!!!)[/p][/quote]Yep, sure do demerit. A speedy, bow-legged little left winger wasn't he? He signed at the same time as Ron Wigg from Ipswich (a package deal was it?). Charlie didn't score many goals but he had a busy little style similar to the great Stewart Scullion as i recall. MainStandShambles
  • Score: 1

1:37pm Thu 6 Feb 14

soulfulhornet says...

A fans favourite at the time, but subsequent off-field antics effect how he is viewed with hindsight, but Marlon King in the promotion season was awesome.

For half that season he was on loan from Forest. He led the line, scored terrific goals, his strength and he was a leader on the pitch and helped develop Ashley Young into the player he became. And was a major contributor to that promotion. Player of the season justifably and his best anywhere.

The Prem season would have been a lot closer had he been fit. It was his departure alongside Johnson's that torpedoed our promotion push the following year.

This is not excusing his off-field behaviour - but what we wouldn't do for a player of his footballing calibre upfront this term!
A fans favourite at the time, but subsequent off-field antics effect how he is viewed with hindsight, but Marlon King in the promotion season was awesome. For half that season he was on loan from Forest. He led the line, scored terrific goals, his strength and he was a leader on the pitch and helped develop Ashley Young into the player he became. And was a major contributor to that promotion. Player of the season justifably and his best anywhere. The Prem season would have been a lot closer had he been fit. It was his departure alongside Johnson's that torpedoed our promotion push the following year. This is not excusing his off-field behaviour - but what we wouldn't do for a player of his footballing calibre upfront this term! soulfulhornet
  • Score: 1

1:49pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Guy Bov says...

A ridiculous article bearing in mind Tozser has only played one game and even if he performs well it will only be likely to move us up to a more comfortable position but likely not enough for the play offs.

Vydra, and Chalobah had the big impact but Ben Foster overall the best.

As for debuts best for me was John Mcclelland
A ridiculous article bearing in mind Tozser has only played one game and even if he performs well it will only be likely to move us up to a more comfortable position but likely not enough for the play offs. Vydra, and Chalobah had the big impact but Ben Foster overall the best. As for debuts best for me was John Mcclelland Guy Bov
  • Score: 2

6:35pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Apsley Ralph wrote:
All strikers for me. In no particular order... Kerry Dixon, Mick Quinn & Steve Leo B*llock!
At last, the recognition I deserve.
[quote][p][bold]Apsley Ralph[/bold] wrote: All strikers for me. In no particular order... Kerry Dixon, Mick Quinn & Steve Leo B*llock![/p][/quote]At last, the recognition I deserve. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 1

7:04pm Thu 6 Feb 14

wonderlander says...

Don't forget the one and only Tommy Mooney!
Don't forget the one and only Tommy Mooney! wonderlander
  • Score: 0

12:09pm Fri 7 Feb 14

demerit says...

MainStandShambles wrote:
demerit wrote:
Apsley Ralph wrote:
Daft debate anyway, only played one game. Probably be gone soon! Oh and I forgot Callum Davenport in best ever loanees!
Does anyone remember Charlie Woods? (!!!)
Yep, sure do demerit. A speedy, bow-legged little left winger wasn't he? He signed at the same time as Ron Wigg from Ipswich (a package deal was it?).

Charlie didn't score many goals but he had a busy little style similar to the great Stewart Scullion as i recall.
Yes, that's it! I am having a nostalgic moment....

I had forgotten the "buy one, get another half price deal". He also seemed to be the butt of a few jokes but I can't remember why.
[quote][p][bold]MainStandShambles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Apsley Ralph[/bold] wrote: Daft debate anyway, only played one game. Probably be gone soon! Oh and I forgot Callum Davenport in best ever loanees![/p][/quote]Does anyone remember Charlie Woods? (!!!)[/p][/quote]Yep, sure do demerit. A speedy, bow-legged little left winger wasn't he? He signed at the same time as Ron Wigg from Ipswich (a package deal was it?). Charlie didn't score many goals but he had a busy little style similar to the great Stewart Scullion as i recall.[/p][/quote]Yes, that's it! I am having a nostalgic moment.... I had forgotten the "buy one, get another half price deal". He also seemed to be the butt of a few jokes but I can't remember why. demerit
  • Score: 1

5:58pm Fri 7 Feb 14

allgood says...

Abdi best of last season if not the lot.
Anyone remember Bobby Svarc? Graham Taylors first loan signing got a serious injury early in his first game that finished his career.
Abdi best of last season if not the lot. Anyone remember Bobby Svarc? Graham Taylors first loan signing got a serious injury early in his first game that finished his career. allgood
  • Score: 1

9:22am Sat 8 Feb 14

MainStandShambles says...

demerit wrote:
MainStandShambles wrote:
demerit wrote:
Apsley Ralph wrote:
Daft debate anyway, only played one game. Probably be gone soon! Oh and I forgot Callum Davenport in best ever loanees!
Does anyone remember Charlie Woods? (!!!)
Yep, sure do demerit. A speedy, bow-legged little left winger wasn't he? He signed at the same time as Ron Wigg from Ipswich (a package deal was it?).

Charlie didn't score many goals but he had a busy little style similar to the great Stewart Scullion as i recall.
Yes, that's it! I am having a nostalgic moment....

I had forgotten the "buy one, get another half price deal". He also seemed to be the butt of a few jokes but I can't remember why.
I seem to remember he was the butt of a few jokes about his bow legs, things like 'forgotten his horse? No he doesn't need one the speed he runs' type of jokes.

He certainly worked well with Ron Wigg though didn't he? A crafty centre forward as i recall.
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MainStandShambles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Apsley Ralph[/bold] wrote: Daft debate anyway, only played one game. Probably be gone soon! Oh and I forgot Callum Davenport in best ever loanees![/p][/quote]Does anyone remember Charlie Woods? (!!!)[/p][/quote]Yep, sure do demerit. A speedy, bow-legged little left winger wasn't he? He signed at the same time as Ron Wigg from Ipswich (a package deal was it?). Charlie didn't score many goals but he had a busy little style similar to the great Stewart Scullion as i recall.[/p][/quote]Yes, that's it! I am having a nostalgic moment.... I had forgotten the "buy one, get another half price deal". He also seemed to be the butt of a few jokes but I can't remember why.[/p][/quote]I seem to remember he was the butt of a few jokes about his bow legs, things like 'forgotten his horse? No he doesn't need one the speed he runs' type of jokes. He certainly worked well with Ron Wigg though didn't he? A crafty centre forward as i recall. MainStandShambles
  • Score: 0

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